My experience developing browser extensions

Firefox:

  • Poor and inconsistent documentation
  • New fast release schedule means you have to frequently test the latest version and update even though no APIs you use have changed
  • AMO review used to be great, but is becoming very long (> 1 week)
  • Nice analytics

Chrome:

  • Very simple API, but missing some features
  • Good documentation
  • Costs $5 to deploy
  • Chrome Web Store is very insecure
  • Chrome Web Store is very low traffic

Opera

  • Very simple API, but missing some features
  • Good documentation
  • Opera extensions site is well done

IE (haven’t tried):

  • Difficult to get started (requires C++/C#)
  • Too insecure to even consider

Safari (haven’t tried)

  • API similar to Chrome/Opera
  • Strange “extension builder” built into the browser, didn’t get anything running after 30 minutes of using it
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