Using Drupal as a Backend for Firefox Extensions

This is a case study showing some of the synergies and obstacles of using Drupal as the server-side application to support the client lifecycle of a Firefox Extension.

Many of the social networking facilities of Drupal match the requirements of Firefox Extensions (so-called Add-ons) quite well. But there are interesting challenges for developing server-side logic in Drupal to support the on-ramp of Rich Internet Applications that those little Firefox Extensions really are.

What we'll cover:

  • An overview of the panoply of technologies these two technologies use together
  • A medium-low-level walk-through of the components and interactions of a typical plugin
  • A demo of a real world plugin using Drupal as a backend
  • What works, what doesn't
  • Directions for the future: why we think that Drupal and Mozilla are a match made in heaven
  • Q & A
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