I am excited to announce that WebIDE is now enabled by default in Nightly (Firefox 34)! Everyone on the App Tools team has been working hard to polish this new tool that we originally announced back in June.
While the previous App Manager tool was great, that tool’s UX held us back when trying support more complex workflows. With the redesign into WebIDE, we’ve already been able to add:
- Project Editing
- Great for getting started without worrying about an external editor
- Project Templates
- Easy to focus on content from the start by using a template
- Improved DevTools Toolbox integration
- Many UX issues arose from the non-standard way that App Manager used the DevTools
- Live memory graphs help diagnose performance issues
All projects you may have created previously in the App Manager are also available in WebIDE.
While the App Manager is now hidden, it’s accessible for now at
about:app-manager. We do intend to remove it entirely in the future, so
it’s best to start using WebIDE today. If you find any issues, please file bugs!
Looking ahead, we have many more exciting things planned for WebIDE, such as:
- Command line integration
- Improved support for app frameworks like Cordova
- Validation that matches the Firefox Marketplace