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Chrome Extension: jsshell

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The new jsshell is here! Go read about the release at this blog post

I started messing around with writing a extension for Chrome yesterday and I’m surprised just how easy they are to put together. With the exception of a little configuration the whole process is HTML and JavaScript — something that most of us are already experts at (not saying I’m an expert, I’m just saying for the rest of you)

In any case, it didn’t take very long to put something that wasn’t half bad.


I’m taking votes on a better name, but for now I simply named it jsshell or JavaScript Shell. Basically, you get a nifty little window as you browse the web that you can use jQuery and jLinq to execute custom commands. Not a bad idea, huh?

I won’t talk about it too much here – I did a screencast and a have a link to download (and install) the extension into your browser.

Watch the screencast about jsshell!

Don’t forget, this extension only works with Google Chrome (and possibly only version 4). Try it out and let me know what you think!

This is my last post of 2009 (it is only 11:16PM here in Texas) — See you all next year!


Written by hugoware

January 1, 2010 at 12:17 am

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  1. Thats neat! I might have to play with creating a chrome extension now. 🙂

    You might make the hit area for the window drag a little bigger – it seems like I only hit it 1/10 of the time.

    David Radcliffe

    January 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    • What? Really? I would ask the normal “web development” question of “what browser are you using” but that seems a little pointless 🙂

      Anyways, I’ll check it out — mine seems to cover the entire top bar of the window. You’re on beta 4 right?


      January 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm

  2. Window dragging works fine here ( dev on Snow Leopard). But i think a double click on the top bar would be nice. This could be used to put the shell into a minimized state, as well as get it back again to the exact position & size that i dragged it to in the browser window. In any case great work, thanks & keep it up!


    January 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    • Great! I’ve actually nearly finished jsshell version two — I’ll be blogging about it tonight. I’ll see if I can implement a double click option as part of it.


      January 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm

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