In this issue…
- Mozilla 2010 t-shirt is here!
- New AMO editor guide
- Crowdsource crowdsourcing project
- Extension startup performance
- Add-ons: upcoming changes
- WebM has landed on Firefox nightlies
- Jetpack Survey report, part 2
- Firefox blocklisting
- Plugin hang detector
- CSS3 calc()
- Software updates
- Upcoming events
- Developer calendar
- About about:mozilla
Mozilla 2010 t-shirt is here!
The Mozilla Foundation has announced that the new official Mozilla 2010 T-shirt is now available. “Designed by Mozilla community member foxyboy, this shirt cannot be bought in stores and is only available to Mozilla donors. So, how do you get it? Contribute $75 or more to the Open Web Fund. Every dollar you donate will support a Mozilla Drumbeat project.”
New AMO editor guide
“Reviewing add-ons is a complicated task, and we haven’t been very good at documenting the whole process. After a few days’ work, we now have the AMO Editor Guide on the Mozilla wiki. This guide covers all the editor tools, testing set up, and the usual editor work that can be summed up to two major responsibilities: reviewing add-ons and moderating flagged user comments. This is meant to be a comprehensive guide, so I’ve tried to put everything we do in there. This should interest add-on authors, to better understand what we do and why. Also, if you’re interested in becoming an editor, this will give you a good idea of what our day to day work involves.” Read more at Jorge’s weblog.
Crowdsource crowdsourcing project
Mozilla Labs has launched a new “Crowdsource Crowdsourcing” project, in which students around the world have the opportunity to work with us on creating the next generation crowdsourcing platform. “The project aims to bring students from leading universities together; to perform a status quo/gap analysis, collect and analyze best practices, develop ideas & concepts, run experiments and gather user feedback to develop and implement a best in class open innovation / crowdsourcing program.” More information is available on the original post.
Extension startup performance
Add-ons: upcoming changes
If you are an extension or application developer who has written any XPCOM components (JS, binary, or otherwise), you should be aware that your components are probably going to break in an upcoming Firefox nightly. Dave Townsend is going to post later specific examples of the changes you will need to make, but for now has written something so you know what changes are coming. You can find his full post on the Add-ons Blog.
WebM has landed on Firefox nightlies
A little while ago, Mozilla was involved in the announcement of a new open video format called “WebM”, including the release of an experimental Firefox build that included support for it. Just this past week, Chris Pearce announced that WebM support has now been incorporated into the main Firefox development branch, and should now be appearing in our regular nightly builds. If you’re using a Firefox nightly build and are looking for some WebM videos to test with, you can find some on YouTube’s HTML5 Experiment.
Jetpack Survey report, part 2
The Mozilla Labs team has released the second part of their Jetpack Survey report. “In trying to understand the make-up of our developer community it is important to know about the tools folks use, the developer platforms they work with, and the areas in which developers need more help. In this survey we dug a bit deeper into the development platforms you prefer and your thoughts on the communities that drive them.” Read more and see the survey results on the Labs weblog.
“Firefox has a blocklist service that protects users from malicious or faulty plugins and extensions. We’ve used this sparingly in the past but due to the success and popularity of Firefox we’ve seen more and more activity on the blocklist than ever before. The most difficult part of the blocklist service has been deciding when to actually use it. Our policy outlines some general guidelines, but it’s not so simple when millions of users are involved because you also have to consider how you could potentially affect user experience. We have to weigh security and stability with user happiness.” Mike Morgan has written more about the Firefox blocklist service, including some of the lessons we have learned and other strategies we’re using to be more positive and proactive in our approach to keeping the web happy and safe at the same time.
Plugin hang detector
“If all goes well, Firefox 3.6.4 will be released with support for out-of-process plugins on Windows and Linux. As part of this project, Firefox now features a ‘hang detector’ for plugins. The hang detector helps protect users from plugins and plugin scripts which stop responding for 10 seconds.” Benjamin Smedberg has written more about this new feature, including how it works, what can trigger it, and how our crash report system has been modified to handle hang reports in addition to regular crash reports.
Work is underway to implement a new CSS3 calc() value in Firefox 4. CSS calc() lets you compute a length value using an arithmetic expression, meaning you can use it to define the sizes of divs, the values of margins, the widths of borders, and so on. The Mozilla Hacks article includes more information and some code samples.
* Jun 30 – London 2010 Add-ons workshop
* Oct 1-2 – New York City – Open Video Conference
* Nov 4-6 – Barcelona – Drumbeat Festival 2010
* Nov 5-7 – Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit (FSCONS)
For an up-to-date list of the coming week’s Mozilla project meetings and events, please see the Mozilla Community Calendar wiki page. Notes from previous meetings are linked to through the Calendar as well.
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15 Jun 2010 deb comments off