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Why was New Tab Homepage created?
I used to use all kinds of tabbed browsing extensions with all kinds of features. Slowly, as Firefox matured, I found myself needing fewer and fewer of these features, until I finally reduced myself down to just one; automatically going to my homepage when new tabs are opened.
At the time that I created New Tab Homepage, this was only available through relatively large extensions, so I simply created a standalone extension for the job and have been using it ever since. I've never understood why this feature hasn't made it into Firefox, but I'm quite happy to keep maintaining this extension as I have been for years.
What's next for New Tab Homepage
I occasionally get emails regarding focus problems; the location bar is or isn't focussed when they want it to be; I'd like to look into these more and add a bit of code that deals with these problems. Other than that, not much to say - it's an extremely simple extension and I don't want to bloat it out with features that people don't want or need.
About the Developer
|Occupation||Lead Developer, Fivium|
|User since||March 5, 2007|
|Number of add-ons developed||6 add-ons|
|Average rating of developer's add-ons||Rated 4 out of 5 stars|
Who is Ben Basson?
Since 2004, I've been writing Firefox extensions as hobby projects to solve feature gaps or problems that I've had with the browser, and I hope to continue doing so in my spare time for the foreseeable future.
Professionally, I'm a Lead Developer working for Fivium in London, using Oracle SQL, PL/SQL, XML and web-tier technologies.