A Fatal Bug of Simple Gmail Notes

Starting from weeks ago, there were two strange bug reports about Simple Gmail Notes. Bug reports of this extension were actually not rare, there were users complaining about various items from time to time.

However, those reports were a bit unusual, the users claimed their Gmail accounts were temporarily locked by Google because of excessive network requests, and they believed this extension was the culprit.

I was shocked at first, as it was a very serious charge. I carefully inspected my code, checked all possible places with network requests. Nothing suspicious was found. And according to my calculation, there was no way for the extension to perform endless network requests.

So after some further investigations, I concluded that they might be just false alarms.

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The Review Mechanism of Firefox Extension

Now, after 5 months of development for Firefox extension of Simple Gmail Notes, most features are stabilized and the features could be shared between Chrome and Firefox easily. In the last few revisions, the cross-browser migration (Firefox -> Chrome or Chrome -> Firefox) all took less than 1 hour. Basically, the initial pain on the development of extension development gradually passed away.

However, I would like to further discuss the review process of Firefox. As mentioned before, Firefox uses a manual review process, it is much more strict than Google Chrome extensions (which is, basically, nil).

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