TabGroups Manager revived: rewrite for WebExtensions

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grahamperrin
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From post 17 under Development and Maintenance of TabGroupsManager extension:

Please, do you have a timeline for a rewrite?

Comments (10)

  1. Miguel Angel Romero Lluch

    hi @grahamperrin, I would love to do so, but I unfortunately I can not guarantee to have enough time to fully rewrite all the code from scratch to the new WebExtensions API. TabGroupsManager has a lot of code with some custom parts which may be impossible to migrate to the new API, so it will be difficult and slow, but not impossible.

    I think our best approach in this case would be to start with a small product with the basic functionality (whenever possible based on the idea of the implementation coded in TGM) , and adding more and more functionalities like its currently in TGM.

    There are some points which will really help us here: Having more people involved in the project, specially programmers and people who can give support in the forum threads. Refactoring TGM in different classes will also provide us a way to organize the code easy to maintain and migrate. This is something we really need to do here. * Analise and document the behavior of TGM from a functional and technical point of view, with documents with "Functional Flow Diagrams" of main features which will help us to migrate the original behavior and original code to the new one.

  2. grahamperrin reporter

    Thank you!

    … forum threads. …

    Will you be happy to continue in Mozilla Discourse?

    Elsewhere:

  3. karim kiswarday

    Hi @Miguel Angel Romero Lluch, how many developers are involved in TGM?

    I'm willing to help during my free time but I have not experience to write Firefox extensions.

    Where can we talk about the project?

    EDIT 1 From this post on Stack Overflow, it seems that with the new web extensions is not possible to change the default UI

  4. Miguel Angel Romero Lluch

    I have been testing WebExtension API and it is a nightmare. It is a high level API with a very limited subset of basic browser functionality which lacks all the things we need to port TabGroupsManager. No toolbar widget neither API. No API to create a window with alwaysFocused property true. * Not file data manager APIs. ...

    And so on..., Firefox will be dead by v57. I have read most important extension will break: NoScript, UBlock.. DownloadThemAll All toolbars managers All tab managers.

    There has been a lot of complaints and hundreds of impressive letters sent to Mozilla asking them to stop breaking their extensions this way, but they do not want to listen to their main core developers nor users, its a real pity. https://forum.palemoon.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=14201 https://www.reddit.com/r/firefox/comments/6kdr6s/is_anyone_working_on_a_tab_groups_webextension/

    Time to switch to Palemoon.

  5. irishbandit

    Finished switching to palemoon today so far so good. This is the best addon ever and its worth it to switch!! Happy that we have an option that will continue to work. Thank-you so much for all the hard work so that TabGroups Manager revived keeps working!!!

  6. Daniel Do Binau

    A huge thanks to Miguel to all his efforts in keeping this addon alive. But it seems that the time has now finally come to move on.

    I was very anxious at the thought of having to live without TGM which has been the cornerstone of all my browsing for years now. I have literally thousands of tabs in dozens of tab groups in three different profiles that I would need to migrate. The choice was between going to PaleMoon or finding a Chrome add-on that was up for the daunting task.

    After careful research I found that "Tabs Outliner" has everything I need to migrate from TGM and onto Chrome. It is an extremely flexible tool and in many ways even more powerful than TGM. It's VERY highly recommended. If memory usage is an issue, you can couple it with "The great suspender" which does something similar to the TGM "suspend group" feature. But unlike TGM, Tabs Outliner allows you to only open certain tabs within a group, so my memory usage has actually dropped very significantly after switching.

    Migrating everything was a bit of a hassle, and the add-on definitely has a learning curve - but now that I'm done, I'm happy (though nostalgic) to say goodbye to both TGM and Firefox.

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