Extension development for beta

Onno Ekker o.e.ekker at gmail.com
Wed Oct 31 13:37:56 UTC 2018

Hi Tony,
This is a different setting and has a different meaning. Here the add-on
developer can mark his extension as experimental or otherwise not ready for
general use.
There used to be a separate Development Channel, where add-on developers
could upload alpha and beta versions and release candidates, or versions
containing a*, b*, or rc* were added automatically to the development
Add-on users would need to log in to amo in order to install such add-ons.
This way, add-on developers could offer their add-on to a few brave users
who could test drive the new version and the add-on developer could still
make quick changes, because the development versions didn't need a review.
When the developer was satisfied that the add-on worked, he could draft a
real release and submit it. After the official release was reviewed, it
would become available for all add-on users and the people using the
development version would automatically be updated to the release version
(if they had setup Thunderbird to automatically update add-ons).
All in all quite a useful function!

On Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 5:07 PM Tony Mechelynck <
antoine.mechelynck at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 3:07 PM Onno Ekker <o.e.ekker at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Axel,
> > There actually used to be a beta channel or development channel on amo,
> you're not imagining this. I guess Mozilla dropped this, because there was
> no more need for a development channel with webextensions, or they thought
> it was a security issue, because with the development channel users had the
> option to install unreviewed add-ons, which might contain viruses or do
> harmful things to the users browsing experience…
> > It's be great if the development channel would be reinstated on
> addons.thunderbird.net…
> > Onno
> >
> It is still there. By scrolling down
> https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-US/seamonkey/extensions/?sort=updated
> (the "Latest updated extensions" page) an orange and black hatched
> button strikes my eye: it is for DOM Inspector Plus! [dm]
> by Javier "Darth Madara", and its extension page
> https://addons.thunderbird.net/en-US/seamonkey/addon/dom-inspector-dm/?src=cb-dl-updated
> includes just under the orange hatched button the warning "This add-on
> has been marked as experimental by its developers".
> Best regards,
> Tony.
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