The author of the Firefox security add-on NoScript, Giorgio Maone, answered questions about the WebExtensions migration of the NoScript add-on recently.
NoScript is my number one must have add-on for the Firefox web browser; in fact, it is one of the few things that keeps me from switching my main web browser as it cannot be realized in other browsers (non-Firefox based that is).
Like any other legacy Firefox ad-on author, Giorgio is affected by the looming WebExtensions exclusivity deadline. Mozilla plans to switch off the legacy add-on system in Firefox 57 Stable and Beta. The current version of NoScript would stop working for the majority of Firefox users at that time.
Giorgi is a high profile developer considering that NoScript is one of the top add-ons for the Firefox browser. Mozilla asked him to work with them on the required WebExtensions APIs to realize NoScript as a WebExtension, and Giorgio did.
While Mozilla wants feature parity in regards to WebExtensions with Google Chrome, the organizations plans to create APIs that are Firefox exclusive to provide add-on developers with better options to create add-ons for the browser.
In fact, NoScript is not realizable on Google Chrome, while it can be realized on Firefox once the required APIs land.
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Giorgio wants to release the WebExtension version of NoScript when Firefox 57 gets released so that Firefox Stable and Beta users can continue using it.
The interview with Giorgio revealed a couple of interesting tidbits about the migration.
NoScript will be published as a WebExtension so that Firefox Stable and Beta users can migrate to the new version of the popular security add-on once Firefox 57 gets released. The interview highlights Mozilla's ambitious deadline as well.
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