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Two new Design Challenges
The Mozilla Labs team has announced two new design challenges for the fall. The first is the University Design Challenge Fall ’09, where the Labs team will be working with students specializing in User Experience and Human-Computer Interaction studies to develop concepts around the question: “Browsing and Search History — How can we make sense of this rich source of data and how do we best present this data to the user?” The second challenge will focus on the Weave Web UI, aiming to answer the question, “Visualizing your browser data — How can we provide intuitive and useful visual representations of your browser data on a web page?” For more information about the Design Challenges, see the Labs weblog.

New website
The website has been relaunched with an all new look and feel, overall structure, and an even deeper focus on community development and engagement. David Boswell, who led the project, writes, “This is the community’s site and it’s truly been a community effort to create a new look as well as a new vision. Many people were involved with the redesign, but several community members have been doing a lot of less-visible work (modernizing the server, dealing with abandoned content…).” The new site is just a beginning, and there’s always more work to do — if you would like to get involved and help work on the site, contact David through his weblog.

Mozilla Service Week: Sept 14-21
Mary Colvig writes, “We’re getting close to Mozilla Service Week! We’ve had over 6,200 hours pledged and over 2,200 volunteer opportunities posted. We’re in the process of rolling out action templates for Service Week and OneWebDay for those that would like to create their own opportunities or need a little more flexibility. They’re sets of actions and resources that you can use to help non-profits, organizations and individuals improve their experience online and allow them to better leverage the Web.” Check them out on Mary’s weblog.

Mozilla Drumbeat: topics, overview + forum
The Mozilla Drumbeat project is taking shape, and Mark Surman has posted a trio of articles about it, including a core concept and framework, possible topics to be covered, and an overview of the project as a whole. In addition to Mark’s slide deck, Drumbeat also now has a wiki and a mailing list that you are welcome to join. If you’re not sure what Drumbeat is all about, Mark suggests starting with his “I heart the open web” talk that he gave at this year’s OSCON.

Labs: TestSwarm alpha open
John Resig has been working on a new project called TestSwarm for the past six months, which he has now opened as a public alpha. TestSwarm “provides distributed continuous integration testing for JavaScript. The primary goal of TestSwarm is to take the complicated and time-consuming process of running JavaScript test suites in multiple browsers and to simplify it. It achieves this by providing all the tools necessary for creating a continuous integration workflow for your JavaScript project.” A walkthrough of the project is available as a screencast, and more information is available on John’s weblog and the TestSwarm site.

New updates
The AMO team recently released a new version of the website with several new features and a host of bugfixes. Included are new Add-on Recommendations which matches and lists add-ons that are often grouped together in user-created Collections. The Contributions, Collections, and Statistics Dashboard features have received facelifts based on feedback from developers and users. Finally, there’s a new Add-on Validation suite — this new testing tool will automatically be run when a new add-on is uploaded to the site, with the hope that this will help developers catch common problems before add-ons are sent into the review queue. For information on all these new features and improvements, see Justin Scott’s blog post.

Add-on development tutorials
If you’ve never built an add-on but would like enter the Extend Firefox 3.5 add-on development contest, Rey Bango has posted a handful of extension development tutorials on his blog. Included are “How to develop a Firefox extension” by Robert Nyman, an “Extension Development 101” video, and an “Extension Bootcamp” presentation from earlier this year. “Don’t forget that we’ve created an Extend Firefox 3.5 discussion group to answer any questions you have about the contest.” The contest deadline is Oct 2, 2009.

Mozilla add-ons meetup: Miami
The Mozilla add-ons team has announced that they will be holding another meetup in Miami, FL on September 15, 2009. “If you’re in the South Florida area, this will be a great opportunity to get familiar with add-on development and have an opportunity to share your ideas with the AMO team.” The full event details are available on the Mozilla wiki.

Weave 0.6 released
The Mozilla Labs team has released Weave 0.6, a prototype add-on that “lets you securely take your Firefox experience with you to all your Firefox browsers, including our mobile browser, codenamed Fennec.” Weave currently supports continuous synchronization of your bookmarks, browsing history, saved passwords and tabs, and form-field history and preferences. To get more information about Weave and this latest release, see the announcement on the Mozilla Labs weblog.

Upcoming events
The Mozilla community is organizing an increasing number of events and meetups all the time, and we include a list of these here every week. If you have events you would like listed, send them along to: about-mozilla*at*

* Sep 4 – Online – Firefox 3.5 Testday
* Sep 15 – Miami, FL – Add-ons meetup
* Sept 14-21 – Everywhere! – Mozilla Service Week
* Fri, Oct 2 – Everywhere! – Extend Firefox contest deadline
* Oct 3-4 – Prague – Mozilla Camp Europe
* Oct 15 – Everywhere! – Jetpack contest deadline
* Nov 7-8 – Sofia, Bulgaria – DevGarage

Developer calendar
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.

About about:mozilla
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