I had been a fan of Chrome for quite a while, but couldn't make the switch from Firefox until it finally started supporting extensions. As soon as that happened, I wasted no time and left Firefox for good. However, I was greeted with an extension gallery that was orders of magnitude smaller than Firefox's at the time, and was missing one of my most used extensions, the Answers.com word lookup.
Being a programmer, I decided to write my own, and being quite fond of Google products, I opted to use the new Google Dictionary service as a data source. Eventually Google asked me to switch to another source, but that is what started me on my ongoing path of extension development.
So far, I have released 3 extensions:
- Dictionary Lookup, formerly Google Dictionary Lookup, allows you to look up words by double clicking them, without leaving the page or having to clutter up the browser toolbar.
- Inline Search & Lookup is similar to Dictionary Lookup, except it allows the user to specify their own data source to load in a frame, and provides some helpers to auto-scroll the result.
- Page Monitor is a small extension that sits in the background and monitors pages for changes, displaying a notification when something new is detected and highlighting the changes.