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Welcome to part-3 of the series. This part we will start by creating a simple firefox extension, which will show a browser notification every one hour. We are calling it Please Stand Up.

So, go ahead and open your code editor and inside a folder create a manifest.json file.

Write the below content inside the file. You might have noticed that it is quite similar to the manifest.json file, which we had created in part-1. The only difference is that we have browser_action also, which we are going to use soon in background.js file.

manifest.jsonmanifest.json

Also, create a folder icons and place a file icon.png inside it.

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Create a new file background.js and add the below content in it. Now, this is a quite familiar code. We are first creating an alarm, which fires every 60 minutes. There is a listener code, which shows the notification and get’s the random quote from getRandom().

Also, there is a listener to clear the notification by clicking on it.

background.jsbackground.js

The simple extension is complete, so it’s time to publish it in the mozilla addon store. I will follow the procedure, which i had explained in part-2 of this series.

My addon was finally approved and made it to the addon store.

Addon storeAddon store

Next, we will start another mozilla extension called Dev Quotes. As the name suggests, it will send motivating quotes to developers every 60 minutes.

So, go ahead and create a folder DevQuotes and inside it another folder icons. Inside that folder place an icon and name it icon64.png

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Now, create a file manifest.json inside the folder DevQuotes and put the below content in it. The code is exactly similar to the one Please Stand Up as we will be using the same mechanism.

manifest.jsonmanifest.json

Next, create a file background.js and put the below content in it. Notice, that it is exactly the same code as in Please Stand Up , only the quotes changed.

    var motivationNotification = 'dev-notification';

    browser.alarms.create('', { periodInMinutes: 60 });

    function getRandom() {
        var quotes = [
            'Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. - Steve Jobs',
            'Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal. - Pablo Picasso',
            'Argue with idiots, and you become an idiot. - Paul Graham',
            'Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. - Oscar Wilde',
            'Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. - Leonardo Da Vinci',
            'Changing the world one code at a time. - Unknown',
            'In real open source, you have the right to control your own destiny - Linus Torvalds',
            'Code long and prosper - Unknown',
            'Success is something you attract by the person you become. - Jim Rohn',
            'Why fit in when you were born to stand out? - Dr. Seuss',
            'You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. - Jim Rohn',
            'If you run around with 9 losers pretty soon you’ll be the 10th loser. - Les Brown',
            'You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind. - Zig Ziglar',
            'I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary. - Elon Musk',
            'Websites promote you 24/7: No employee will do that. - Paul Cookson',
            'First, solve the problem. Then, write the code. - John Johnson',
            'Programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute. - Abelson',
            'Programming can be fun, so can cryptography; however they should not be combined. - Kreitzberg',
            'Before software can be reusable it first has to be usable. - Ralph Johnson',
            'Without requirements or design, programming is the art of adding bugs to an empty text file. - Louis Srygley',
            'Java is to JavaScript what Car is to Carpet. - Chris Heilmann'
        ];

    return quotes[Math.floor(Math.random() * Math.floor(quotes.length))];
    }

    browser.alarms.onAlarm.addListener(function (alarm) {
        browser.notifications.create(motivationNotification, {
            type: 'basic',
            iconUrl: browser.extension.getURL('icons/icon64.png'),
            title: 'Dev Quotes',
            message: getRandom()
        });
    });

    browser.browserAction.onClicked.addListener(() => {
        var clearing = browser.notifications.clear(motivationNotification);
        clearing.then(() => {
            console.log('cleared');
        });
    });

Again it the time to publish this simple addon to the mozilla addon store. I will follow the procedure, which i had explained in part-2 of this series.

I had followed the procedure and submitted the firefox extension and it is Awaiting Review now.

Awaiting ReviewAwaiting Review

And the firefox addon was approved and made it way to the mozilla addons site https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/user/15774633/

Dev QuotesDev Quotes

Next, we will create another similar mozilla extension called Drink Some Water. As the name suggests, it will send remainder to drink some water every 2 hours.

So, go ahead and create a folder DrinkSomeWater and inside it another folder icons. Inside that folder place an icon and name it icon.png

Now, create a file manifest.json inside the folder DrinkSomeWater and put the below content in it.

manifest.jsonmanifest.json

Next, create a file background.js and put the below content in it. It is more simpler than the earlier addons, as it shows only one quote.

background.jsbackground.js

Again will to publish this addon to the mozilla addon store and will follow the procedure explained in part-2 of this series.

I had followed the procedure and submitted the firefox extension and it is Awaiting Review now.

Drink Some WaterDrink Some Water

This complete part-3 of the series. You can find the code for the same in my github account here.

This post is also available on DEV.