Ubiquity By Mozilla Labs

August 28, 2008

One of the coolest things I've seen in a quite a while is Ubiquity. It's a prototype extension for Firefox developed by Mozilla Labs. I'd explain more but I think this video will do a much better job.

So the first thing you'll want to do is install Ubiquity and then just play around and see all the cool features it has built-in. After I did this for about an hour I realized that the built-in Amazon search function was limited to just searching for books. So of course I quickly went and figured out how to start creating my own functions to use in Ubiquity and created a generalized Amazon search function. If you have Ubiquity installed you will have noticed a prompt for you to subscribe to the Ubiquity commands on this page.

If you are just more curious what the javascript looks like then check it out here.

Another really neat feature is that when you subscribe to commands they are automatically updated if the creator of the script happens to update it. The drawback to this is that you have to trust the ones you subscribe to or else they could change their script to do something else entirely. Although, when you subscribe to a command you get a prompt with this warning:

If you subscribe, this command could do anything it wants to your browser. It could steal your credit card number or e-mail your grandmother your entire image browsing history.

I'm planning on updating this script to show a preview similar to the built-in function so check back soon for updates.

Jason Smith

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