A question: is anyone interested in Firefox contact sync?
As an experiment, the testing release of the addon now includes a built-in SQLite addressbook that syncs with Google and Zimbra.
This is three experiments rolled up into one:
- contacts for Firefox, synced with Google etc
We figured that having working code would be a good way of finding out whether anyone has a use for syncing contacts that are local to Firefox.
Would porting the Zindus addon to Firefox be a good idea? Why would it be useful?
- non-Thunderbird sync
We were interested to explore decoupling the addon from the Thunderbird addressbook.
- a better addressbook for Thunderbird
The built-in contact database looks less like the current Thunderbird addressbook and more like the Google and Windows Live addressbooks with contacts, groups and an explicit membership relation between contacts and groups.
- a more coherent and extensible model for grouping contacts
- contact properties as JSON for extensibility (lists, relations and tags)
- mailing lists replaced by auto-complete on groups
This is a thought experiment only. Here’s the official Thunderbird AddressBook Roadmap.
How to install and use
- download the testing release of the addon, unzip it, edit install.rdf, uncomment the firefox stanza, zip it up, and install it into Firefox
- visit Tools/Zindus, enter your account details and select “Sync Now”.
- the contacts.sqllite database lives in the zindus/data subdirectory of your profile folder.
- There’s no UI to view or edit the contacts but you can use the SQLite Manager addon to read and write the database.
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