HOWTO: Port Firefox extensions to IE

Hackszine reader Pete Warden is the author of a cool Firefox extension called PeteSearch. He wrote in to tell us about his progress with porting the functionality to IE:

PeteSearch is an extension that mashes up Google (and Ask, Technorati, Live and Exalead) search pages to give you hot-keys, dead-link checking and split-screen preview.

Now I’m trying the IE port, and I’ve my own HOWTO with sample code and articles on that painful process!

Building a browser object for IE is a much more laborious process than making a Firefox extension. Welcome to COM DLL hell. Thankfully, Pete’s done a nice job of documenting things while porting his app over, and it’s this sort of first-hand experience that makes it bearable to start a project like this of your own.

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