Improve extension APIs for TB

Wayne Mery (vn) vseerror at Lehigh.EDU
Wed Oct 26 13:34:13 UTC 2011


Does "no further effort" mean that STEEL is the current state of the 
art, but no longer a strategic direction?

Or is stdlib the current state of the art?  (If so, it's missing from 
https://developer.mozilla.org/En/Extensions/Thunderbird/An_overview_of_the_Thunderbird_interface 
?)

Expanding on BenB's initial statement, there has been change over time:

- 
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/mozilla.dev.apps.thunderbird/5ivfOCp_KHk/-qnHqO-rb0MJ
- http://clarkbw.net/blog/2008/03/20/blue-steel/
- https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird:Thunderbird3#Better_Extensibility
- 
http://getsatisfaction.com/mozilla_messaging/topics/what_is_the_status_of_steel_and_jetpack_for_thunderbird_3_0
- ("Last time we discussed this") 
http://protz.github.com/thunderbird-stdlib/

which is to be expected. But this space seems (from my uninformed 
vantage point) to have suffered some churn, and lack of steady attention 
and improvement.

But more importantly, if extensions is a strategic part of Thunderbird 
ecosystem, perhaps the extensions ecosystem needs to be more "in 
your/our face", deserving of a bullet point (along side the features and 
experiments bullets) in meetings and such?


On 10/26/2011 4:16 AM, Jonathan Protzenko wrote:
> Last time we discussed this on this list, the bottom line was : no
> further effort will be put into STEEL. I think the proposed way to go is
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=662367 although I'm really
> too busy to make it happen right now.
>
> On Wed 26 Oct 2011 08:23:33 AM CEST, Ludovic Hirlimann wrote:
>> On 25/10/11 21:29, Ben Bucksch wrote:
>>>
>>> Following a discussion on IRC, maybe I suggest a more planned
>>> approach to improve our extensibility?
>>>
>> [snip]
>>>
>>> So, how about starting it by creating a Wiki page?
>>>
>>> <https://wiki.mozilla.org/Thunderbird:Extensions:Needed_APIs>
>>>
>>>
>>
>> Would that mean extending steel/fuel ?
>>
>> Ludo
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