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Development of extensions

for Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and other browsers

What is Browser Extension?

A browser extension (BE) is a firmware that extends (complements) the functionality of the browser; BE also could set itself into the cloud software through the browser and expand its functionality. A browser extension is also known as a plug-in or an add-on. Now BEs are supported by almost all browsers. The most popular extensions are developed for Google Chrome and Firefox.

For creating an extension, you need to know HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and think over its functional load. The ready-to-use extension is provided to a user as an archive or can be downloaded through the browser extensions’ official store (ChromeOpera, Firefox, and others). The user activates a browser extension easily.

google chrome extensions

Why do we need to install Browser Extensions for Chrome, Opera, Firefox, etc? Main types of BEs.

The major purpose of the extensions (the name speaks for itself) is to extend the functionality of the browser. Using plug-in you can install your elements into any cloud service for integration, getting extra opportunities for SaaS, creating a microservice, or just as an additional tool.

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Integration function of extensions

Cloud software for CRMs, warehouse management programs, and many other business systems are becoming more popular. But hardly any cloud provider will give you an ability to embed and adjust the service particularly to yourself. In this case, the extension is a neat opportunity to take a well-engineered cloud service, and build one or more of the buttons into it.
The embedded button can be assigned the function of data export, and establish the process of data exchange between different internal systems. Therefore, you get custom functionality to other’s cloud software.

Интеграционная функция расширений, planyway

Additional features of your SaaS in any tab of the browser

It can be background services, such as To-Do lists, tips, calendars, translators, assistants, and others.

Дополнительные возможности SaaS, grammarly

Microservices

Microservices are micro-applications that are called “by button” and interact with the page. If you are going to run a service on another website or application, the microservice is highly recommended. It can read information from the site on which it was called and considerably simplify the user interaction. These services can be notes, screenshots or video. Microservices not only can save, but immediately upload data to the cloud, or send information by email.

Расширения как микросервисы - screencastify

Tools for web developers

Calling tools without closing the browser is a very convenient option for developers. The number of extensions is growing and growing, and we will touch upon this topic in our next articles.

Инструменты для разработчиков, whatfont

Pros and cons of browser extension

Преимущества расширений

Advantages of extensions:

  • The speed of access, convenience and understandability of use;
  • X-platform – the ability to work on any platform where there is a browser;
  • The ability to integrate non-integrable; insert your functionality into third-party products directly without having an access to the core;
  • The ability to integrate your systems and cloud services into a complex corporate systems’ landscape.
Недостатки браузерных расширений

Disadvantages of browser extensions:

  • The necessity to update the extension after the browser/service updates periodically;
  • For each browser, you need to write a separate version of the extension.

The application of extensions are viral abroad, and nowadays this tendency is rising here, in Ukraine. Indeed, with BEs’ simplicity and functionality, they deserve particular attention. If you have such an idea, and you do not know how to implement it – feel free to contact us and we will create an extension of any complexity for you.

Do you have questions? Ideas?

If you have such an idea, and you want to implement it – write to us, we can create an extension of any complexity.

07.07.2018
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