kent at caspia.com
Thu Aug 16 14:59:34 UTC 2012
Many of you may not be aware that there is an mxr instance that searches
the code in all extensions on AMO, https://mxr.mozilla.org/addons/ This
is however protected by a layer of security, so it requires a Mozilla
LDAP account and special rights to use. Not sure who manages that
security, but addon editor lead Jorge gave me the permissions.
When a patch is likely to make a change that impacts extensions, it
would be good practice to look for specific addons and include the
authors in the discussion. *Bug 780473*
<https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=780473> -" optimize some
operations in the filter list" is a good example of where that was done.
A proposed patch was going to change the calling sequence to a
authors that use that function and reach out to those authors. Now the
authors are all involved in the bug discussions. This is not only a
courtesy, but also good for developing the Thunderbird community. If you
were an extension writer, wouldn't you much prefer a message saying "Hey
we're thinking of changing this feature that impacts you extension -
what do you think?" instead of simply finding a few versions later that
you extension mysteriously stops working?
I don't want to create additional efforts for reviewers, it is hard
enough as it is, but I would encourage you to consider impacts on
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