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jsshell 2.0 — Yeah… already…

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

Last post I shared an extension I was working on for Chrome called jsshell — The name is terrible since I found out it is also the name of a computer virus. I suspect many users would be confident to download and install it if they knew.

I’m not going to post the plug in tonight so I can test it a bit longer, but I wanted to share some of the new features. If you have some ideas then please share them with me. I’ve already added on new feature based on feedback I’ve heard (thanks Pierre).

Settings for jsshell

There are now settings for a handful of features. For example, using jsshell.color("dialog", "#f00"); will change your window to a new color. The settings will persist till the next time you open the page.

Additionally, there are settings for notification displays, auto execute timers and more. Nothing exciting but it is new. 🙂


I personally loathe the alert box. I think they should all be replaced with something like this…

Okay, well maybe not that… They are required at times. Even jsshell has one.

In any case, jsshell tries to create more pleasant notifications similar to the ones you see in other plugins like jGrowl. After a few seconds they will go away on their own. You can hover over the window to keep it from closing.

Custom/Auto Commands

One of the cooler things you’ll have is the ability to write your own custom commands and then save them so you can execute them later. So for example you could write a command called mp3 and then execute it by entering !mp3 or"mp3"); into the editor and then executing it.

To take it a step further, you can define certain commands to run automatically on certain pages (which you define with a regular expression). So for example, in my demo I could have my MP3 script run as soon as I reach the page.

I’ve found a few interesting uses already (for example, performing a login that spans across multiple pages)

And More… but not that much more…

This is some of the better features that have been added. I’ll probably release the next version on Monday, but as for now tell me if this sounds like a good direction to go or if I ought to change my thought process.


Written by hugoware

January 7, 2010 at 11:07 pm

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  1. Downloaded jsshell ext and when I click on icon nothing happens. When I go to extensions panel the options button is grayed out. I am using latest version Google Chrome.


    Mike E

    January 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

    • Mike, most likely you just need to refresh the page you are on. jsshell inserts code onto the page when it loads (so right after install, the currently opened windows won’t have the code embedded)

      I’ve gotten reports that there are a few places that this window won’t show up (for example, the Chrome Extensions website, oddly enough) – Which I’m looking into


      January 28, 2010 at 10:28 am

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