I was wrong, Turns out Chrome Extensions aren’t ready yet

I’m attending the Developing Extensions for Google Chrome session right now, which is hosted by Aaron Boodman who is noted for being the creator of the Greasemonkey Firefox Extension and who now works at Google, and is working on Chrome Extensions. He Started this session with a disclaimer “This is alpha code, we are not announcing Extensions for Chrome today” (see my Tweet of Disappointment at that).

That said, the way extensions are handled in Google Chrome is actually really cool. Extensions are very simple to implement, and I’m probably going to write some development Chrome Extensions as early as this week, unfortunately no NORMAL user of Chrome will be able to install it (only people using the dev release of chrome and who manually install it can use them). Still interesting, but my exclamation of February that earned me lots of pageviews as it showed up on Techcrunch, CNET, Lifehacker, and Mashable (and many others), was unfortunately wrong, and I’m not to big to admit it (certainly if I didn’t admit it, someone would do so in the comments, and rightfully so).

Am I totally disappointed? In this yes, but in I/O, for one thing, it was announced during the keynote today that every attendee of I/O gets a free unlocked Android Mobile Phone, WITH a free month of unlimited voice and data service on it, very cool.

UPDATE: The Session video is now up on youtube, I’ve embedded it below:

Ready for Google I/O 2009

My wife and are are checked into our hotel in San Francisco. Tomorrow begins Google I/O 2009 at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco. I’m quite looking forward to two days of Google Developer Goodness. I’m hoping that we’ll learn about a lot of great new updates to Google APIs and developer tools, and of course, I haven’t forgot about my prediction that Google Chrome will get Extensions at Google I/O. I’m a little more cautious about saying that for sure, but I’m still pretty optimistic that it will happen, or at least we’ll get some sort of time table as to when we will.

After all Developing Extensions for Google Chrome is still on the Agenda, in the very first timeslot of the conference (after the Keynote that is) in fact. I’m expecting to get a formal announcement about Extensions either during the Keynote itself, or at least during that particular session.  But we’ll find out if I’m right tomorrow.  Hopefully I’ll find time to write up some notes I took from the Conference over the next couple of days, but if it is anything like last year, time will be short indeed.

On a related matter, if any of my readers are here at Google I/O, leave me a comment, or tweet to me <a href=”http://twitter.com/nickmoline”>@nickmoline</a>, I’m looking forward to meeting with fellow developers during the conference.

Google Chrome Extensions Coming Out by May!

That’s right, I said it, and so far I’m the only one who has. Google has announced that extensions are coming to Google Chrome but have been mum on when. However I saw something today, that indicates the timetable may be short. Google officially opened up registration for Google I/O 2009, their third annual (first one was just called Google Developer Day) Developer’s Conference.

Google Chrome Extensions Session at Google I/O 2009
Google Chrome Extensions Session at Google I/O 2009

Like last year, it will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Along with the open pre-registration, they’ve also posted a list of Sessions (subject to change). High up on the list is a session entitled “Developing extensions for Google Chrome” which contains the following description:

Learn how Google Chrome makes it easy to write extensions using the web technologies you already know. This talk will cover the basics of the extension system (distribution/packaging, installation, updates), as well as the different APIs to enhance with the browser.

I’d say this is a safe bet that if Extensions are not released BEFORE Google I/O, then they will be released as a new feature AT Google I/O. Extensions are coming, but what about Mac Support?

UPDATE FROM GOOGLE I/O: While the session went through as planned, it turns out my theory was wrong, they simply aren’t available to announce support for extensions yet, although it is coming soon, and they are really well implemented in beta.

UPDATE 2 (June 3rd): The Session video is now up on youtube, I’ve embedded it below:

Google Chrome will probably support Firefox Extensions! – UPDATED

Well I feel like an idiot, as the commenter below pointed out, the link I mentioned was a bookmark itself, not a “get bookmark plugins” link, but it was showing up in my list of bookmarks, which means that, as the commenter said, this bookmark had been imported from Firefox, and was not actually an indication that Google Chrome was intending to support Firefox Extensions.

The truth of the matter is I was so surprised to find the link, that I didn’t think about logical reasons why that link might have been there. I spun up a fresh copy of Windows on VMWare after the commenter posted, and did an installation of Google Chrome where Firefox had never existed. The link I mentioned below did not exist, which means the commenter was right, it did indeed come from an import of Firefox bookmarks. I’m big enough to admit that I’m wrong.

For archival purposes, my original, incorrect, blog post is after the break. My review of the things I like about Chrome still stands, although my foolish thought that Chrome will support Firefox extensions does not.

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