|Status note||Product Management needs to flesh out the feature page so that development can be unblocked.|
|Product manager||Jennifer Arguello|
|Directly Responsible Individual||Jennifer Arguello|
|Lead engineer||Gregory Szorc|
|Security lead||Yvan Boily|
|Localization lead||Axel Hecht|
|QA lead||Tracy Walker|
|UX lead||Alex Faaborg|
|Product marketing lead||Jaclyn Fu|
|Additional members||Ibai Garcia (SUMO)|
Stage 1: Definition
1. Feature overview
Add-ons are synchronized between sync clients.
2. Users & use cases
User installs an add-on on one browser. When a sync occurs, the add-on is automagically installed on other sync clients.
Stage 2: Design
5. Functional specification
The Addon Manager maintainers would like to see Sync support all add-on providers so as to not introduce 1st and 2nd class providers. This will require some APIs.
The solution to this problem will consist of the following:
- Optional properties on add-on objects that describe the add-on for purposes of use in Sync
- Functions on AddonManager that take above properties and perform actions
For add-on objects, providers wishing to opt in to Sync will expose the following read-only properties:
- a string that describes data necessary to synchronize the add-on between clients. The format of the string is not defined, and is opaque to Sync code. A JSON representation of an object might be a good choice, to hold the data needed by the add-ons manager to install/uninstall an addon.
- a GUID used to identify this add-on across Sync client instances. The GUID should be generated using Utils.makeGUID() from the Sync code. It is basically a Base64-encoded representation of 9 random bytes.
The AddonManager will support the following APIs:
- installAddonFromSyncData(syncData, syncGUID, callbackObj)
- Installs an add-on from sync data. Receives the data from the original add-on, the GUID it should be installed with, and an object describing callbacks to be invoked when specific events occurs. The manager will try to obtain an install record and then execute the install.
- uninstallAddonBySyncGUID(syncGUID, callbackObj)
- Uninstalls an add-on specified by its syncGUID.
Both of these APIs will require the AddonManager to have an additional relationship with the add-on providers (via APIs). The providers will need to provide a routine to install add-ons from *syncData* instances. And, the AddonManager will need to know how to call into these.
6. User experience design
Stage 3: Planning
7. Implementation plan
Quality Assurance review
Stage 4: Development
Stage 5: Release
10. Landing criteria
|Theme / Goal||Experience|
Team status notes
Discussion notes from 2011-08-16:
- add 'guid' column to 'addon' table in extensions.sqlite
- add GUID support to AddonsManager (have it automatically generated, 12 chars base64url)
- findings addons shouldn't count as daily update pings, or if they do, is it a problem?
- generate one record per app per addon, silently drop records from other apps and unknown addons (unknown to AMO)
- add option to locally disable enabled state sync (the "web developer case") in about:config