Making Firefox extensible by you just became simple
There's not much to show for what Jetpack 0.1 can enable a homebrew developer to do with Firefox right now, but the strongest case it's making for itself right now comes from the Gmail notifier demonstration, a little add-on whose total development time could not have consumed longer than an hour. Its principal function queries the Atom feed from Gmail for a string of text, and parses that text to obtain the unread message count. Another function adds the digits for that number to the graphic that appears for the add-on in the status bar.
Last night's Call for Participation instructs interested parties as to how to download and install the Jetpack plug-in (not a big deal), how to submit bug reports, and where to find the Labs' very brief instructional videos and tutorials -- which may themselves been produced in an hour or less.