Back from the Dead

It’s been way too long since I have blogged.

Most of my summer was spent on a cross country road trip which you can read about here. I worked as we traveled which went reasonably well, but didn’t leave time for blogging.

The biggest news I have is that I have resumed work on Operator. In particular, I’m fixing bugs, adding a few usability enhancements and adding support for new microformat stuff like the value class/pattern for dates. I’m also considering completely removing the “Actions” toolbar and switching to interacting only with the data. I’m definitely looking for feedback on that one.

If you have anything you wish Operator did, please let me know and I’ll see if I can get it in.

Note that Operator is a part of the AMO Contributions program and I’d appreciate any support you can provide. Right now I’m mixing it in with my paid work, but I’d like to spend more time on it.

The bulk of my paid work has been for Brand Thunder. We’ve been updating our extensions to work properly with Firefox 3.5. There’s quite an eclectic mix there, so you’ll probably find something that you like.

Going forward I’m going to try to start doing extension related posts, primarily to see if I can drum up some more business. So if by chance you have a question about anything I’ve done in the past with extensions, or should do in the future, please let me know.

UPDATE: Forgot that I’ve also proposed a panel for SXSW. Please vote:
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9 thoughts on “Back from the Dead

  1. Hi mike,

    nice to hear taht you have started work on operators. are you still using your ibm email address ? i have some quesries about rebranding thunderbird.


  2. I’d love for Operator to be able to look for microformat data _inside_ an XBL widget. For example, the app I’m working on (not FOSS, alas) has an XBL widget for picking a person, and another for picking an address. Currently if I want to expose any microformat data about the selected person, I have to insert hidden fields into the main form of the application, where they don’t really belong.

    I’d like to be able to insert the fields within the XBL content, and perhaps have a single attribute on the XBL-bound element to flag to Operator that it should look “inside” the widget for data. Operator could then use document.getAnonymousNodes() with the flagged widget as a parameter, then parse the returned content for microformat data.

    Yes, it’s very XUL specific (at least until XBL2 gets ratified), but it would also make Operator a quick and easy way to extend XUL apps as well as HTML pages.

  3. It’s great to know that you’re still working on Operator. Please let me know if you need me to repeat or expand on any of my previous bug reports or feature suggestions; or carry out any alpha/ beta testing.

  4. I present on Microformats frequently at Higher Education Web Conferences, and encourage the use of the Operator extension (and a donation). Thank you for helping the community! I did notice that Google Calendar must be changing how it accepts event information. Operator used to work, but now it does not show date and time. Nothing critical, but it was something I noticed.

  5. Excellent news about the Operator resumption. I am convinced that microformats will have an important role in relevance for Google. I am especially interested in some kind of WordPress plugin which could have similar functionality. A toolbar is good but delivering the same functionality on-site for those without the tool would be even more useful.