Hacking Firefox: More Than 150 Hacks, Mods and Customizations

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They dreamed of a better browser . . . and before you could say "explore no more," Firefox was born. But already you want more. Tighter security, greater functionality. A custom installation for Linux. Maybe even that unique extension you've always dreamed of creating. Well, if you want to tweak the Fox, here are over 400 pages of ways to do it. From hacking profile settings to cracking links and cleaning out the cookie jar, this is the stuff ...
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They dreamed of a better browser . . . and before you could say "explore no more," Firefox was born. But already you want more. Tighter security, greater functionality. A custom installation for Linux. Maybe even that unique extension you've always dreamed of creating. Well, if you want to tweak the Fox, here are over 400 pages of ways to do it. From hacking profile settings to cracking links and cleaning out the cookie jar, this is the stuff that puts you in control.

Step-by-step instructions for these hacks and dozens more

  • Settings, content, and extension hacks
  • Hacking the interface and themes
  • Performance boosters
  • Anti-phishing and security hacks
  • Toolbar and status bar tweaks
  • Navigation, download, and search hacks
  • Hacks for common plugins
  • Extension and theme creation
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As befits one of the world’s hottest open source projects, Firefox is 100 percent tweakable and extensible. Don’t like something? Got a great new idea? Nobody’s stopping you, and plenty of people will welcome your contribution. Hacking Firefox brings together all the knowledge you need to make it happen.

You’ll start by exploring the many tools and resources available to Firefox hackers, including the Document Inspector, basic text editors, the JavaScript console, and Firefox’s personalized profile settings. (Thankfully, author Mel Reyes explains how to back up your Firefox installation before you start messing with it.)

You’ll walk through the fundamentals of hacking Firefox “manually,” through its about:config screen and prefs.js and user.js files. Next, Reyes introduces extensions, showing how they’re packaged and how to tweak troublesome or older ones to work properly with the latest versions of Firefox.

Reyes covers editing themes and icons, then introduces a remarkably wide array of performance tweaks -- ranging from page rendering optimizations to caching. You’ll learn how to modify security and privacy settings, then control the way Firefox displays banner ads, images, and other content.

Hacking Firefox guides you through tweaking menus, toolbars, the status bar, navigation and tabbed browsing, download behavior, and more. You’ll also learn how to use external download managers, control plug-ins, and customize Firefox’s built-in Google search capabilities.

If you’re in an organizational setting, you’ll appreciate Reyes’s coverage of installation and deployment, including creating custom installers. Finally, there’s a full section on Mozilla programming, in which Reyes walks you through creating both extensions and themes. Whether you want to improve your own personal Firefox experience or everyone's, start right here. Bill Camarda, from the October 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764596506
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/25/2005
  • Series: ExtremeTech Series , #22
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mel Reyes, a veteran of technology and programming, is an avid fan and user of Firefox and all its predecessors. He programs in several languages, works with a variety of technologies, and runs MRTech.com, which provides free technology news, support, tips, and software. He works in several industries helping clients with web, desktop, and database application development. Mel can be reached by e-mail at mel@mrtech.com.
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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.i

Part I: Basic Hacking.

Chapter 1: Hacking Firefox Boot Camp.

Chapter 2: Hacking Around Manually.

Chapter 3: Hacking Extensions.

Chapter 4: Hacking Themes and Icons.

Part II: Hacking Performance, Security, and Banner Ads.

Chapter 5: Performance Tweaks and Hacks.

Chapter 6: Hacking Security and Privacy.

Chapter 7: Hacking Banner Ads, Content, Images, and Cookies.

Part III: Hacking Menus, Toolbars, and the Status Bar.

Chapter 8: Hacking Menus.

Chapter 9: Hacking Toolbars and the Status Bar.

Part IV: Hacking Navigation, Downloads, and Searching.

Chapter 10: Hacking Navigation and Tab Browsing.

Chapter 11: Download and Plugin Hacks.

Chapter 12: Search Hacks.

Part V: Installation, Automation, Tools, and Tricks.

Chapter 13: Hacking Installation and Deployment.

Chapter 14: Backing Up and Managing Your Profile/Settings.7

Chapter 15: Hacking Tools for Web Programmers.

Part VI: Creating Extensions and Themes.

Chapter 16: Understanding Mozilla Programming.

Chapter 17: Creating Extensions.

Chapter 18: Creating Themes.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2005

    easy to extend

    Of the popular browsers, Firefox has certainly joined those ranks recently and rapidly. But its appeal is not just to the user. Reyes explains how it was made from the ground up to be easily extensible by programmers. He illustrates this at length, with over 150 hacks developed by its fans. These are grouped into sections like performance, menus and navigation. But you may want to try and thumb through the detailed contents and then through the hacks, to see if any catch your fancy. Because the book can be used in two ways. Firstly, to get ideas about new extensions, by seeing what has already been done. (A lot!) Secondly, to scope out if any of that earlier work is worth installing on your machine. To either end, the book naturally refers to websites where the extensions can be found. The book is a hardcopy portal. You should also be careful. The very flexibility of Firefox can mean trouble if you go to a computer at a publicly accessible place and use it there. Think of a library or cybercafe. Several of the extensions can be used by a phisher to mislead what you see when browsing. Firefox on your machine can help protect you, and the book talks about this. But on an unknown machine, some extensions can be turned against you. The book never talks about this aspect of Firefox. It's not the fault of the author. He's part of the Firefox community. They are all so fired up about it. Which is cool. But they largely neglected to consider that its ease of programming can be a weapon turned against the unwary user.

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