Posted by cbare
on November 18, 2008 at 10:19 AM PST
Firefox extensions have been able to use LiveConnect to load and call Java libraries, but this ability has always been something of an unsupported hack. At least 3 really powerful extensions make use of this technique: The Simile group's Piggy Bank (a browser extension for the Semantic Web), XQuseme (embeds an XQuery engine in the the browser), and Firegoose (automates exchange of data between bioinformatics websites). Combining a browser, an XUL front end, and the wealth of Java libraries opens up a lot of possibilities.
Is the use of Java in a Firefox extension a supported use-case of the new LiveConnect? Could a regression test be added to support this use case? I ask because Firegoose (which I maintain) is totally broken under java 6.10.