Writing a Google Chrome extension
Have you ever found a tool that was 99% there? It was just missing that one killer feature?
But it sucks. There is just no other way to put it. You can’t edit the text in certain views. It breaks functionality. It only renders Markdown in certain views. There are lots of reports of it not working on recent versions of Chrome … not a surprise considering the extension hasn’t been updated in 3 years, and bundles a lot of old libraries.
I also was fortunate enough to get an awesome graphic designer to put together some beautiful artwork for it:
The only file necessary for a Chrome extension, is a short file named
The only thing that isn’t obvious here is the
manifest_version, more on that here. Long story short, put a
The only other ‘barrier’ for becoming a web store developer is a one-time $5.00 USD fee. You can easily push new versions using Chrome’s Dev Editor. I pushed all my work to GitHub and then cloned the repo with the Dev Editor. The entire process was nearly friction-less. I’m already bouncing around ideas for other Chrome extensions, and maybe porting the WorkFlowy Code Formatter to Firefox. Firefox is going to make porting Chrome extensions easier, more on that here.
Let me know if there are any sites you would like to extend the functionality of in the comments, perhaps we will work on an extension together.