In this issue…
- State of Mozilla
- Processing.js 1.0 released
- John Lilly’s talk at the House of Commons
- Upcoming changes to the Jetpack Widget API
- Open data competition is open!
- Mozmill Test Day: Friday
- Creating an HTML5 Game
- 100 million Adblock Plus downloads
- Input 2.0: quest for a smarter dashboard
- Prospector: analyze your search behavior
- Localizers: SUMO changes are coming
- Community interviews: Tom Ellins (TMZ)
- Notes from Thailand
- Labs Game Night in London
- Software releases
- Upcoming events
- Developer calendar
- About about:mozilla
State of Mozilla
Last week, Mozilla released our annual report and 2009 financial statements. “This is the perfect time to look at the state of the Mozilla mission, our successes, our opportunities and our challenges. This year we’re trying a different format to better reflect the scope of Mozilla and to make better use of video and visual information.” Full details are available on the new annual report website.
Processing.js 1.0 released
John Lilly’s talk at the House of Commons
John Lilly recently traveled to London as part of the “Silicon Valley Comes to the UK” event, organized by Sherri Coutou and Reid Hoffman. “Yesterday we were invited to the House of Commons here in London, and after a short speech by the Speaker of the House of Commons, 5 of us participated in a panel on the impact of digital technology on the future of democracies. Each of us started by giving a 5 minute ‘provocation’ to consider, then we ran it as a more traditional panel.”
John has posted his provocation on his weblog. “So what’s the future utopia that’s possible with digital technology? Ideally what we get — what we create — is a system where citizens are engaged, where they feel valued and connected to their governments and each other. Where our leaders are accountable — and desire to be accountable. It’s a future where it’s just as easy to help your neighbourhood as it is to help your country or your planet.”
Upcoming changes to the Jetpack Widget API
Dietrich Ayala has announced some changes that are coming to the Jetpack Widget API with the 0.10 SDK release. “Both sets of changes have made the API more compact, reducing the amount of code required to build widgets. The Electrolysis (e10s) changes are in preparation for moving Jetpack code out of the main Firefox process. They also make the widget API significantly more powerful, combining the current widget functionality with content scripts. The e10s changes have affected the API to a significant degree; your widgets will certainly require more than just cosmetic changes.” For more details, see the updated widget API documentation.
Open data competition is open!
Mozilla Labs and the Mozilla Metrics team recently announced the first Open Data Visualization Competition, and the data for that competition is now available. “These data sets come from Mozilla’s own open data program, Test Pilot. Test Pilot is a user research platform that collects structured user data through Firefox. Currently, over 1 million Firefox users from all over the world participate in Test Pilot studies, which aim to explore how people use their web browser and the Internet in general.” The submission deadline for the competition has also been extended by two weeks, from Dec. 5 to Dec. 17th. Visit the official competition page for more information about the competition, including dates, judges, and prizes.
Mozmill Test Day: Friday
This Friday, the QA Test Automation team is holding a test day dedicated to Mozmill test automation. “Even with the U.S. holiday in mind, we think having a test day during this Friday can become a great success, because we have the best community available which is located around the whole world. This time we want to focus on a couple of different areas, which will give attendees the freedom to choose between areas they would like to work on. Starting from test execution with the Mozmill add-on, over examining and improving the documentation, to helping us fix broken tests or creating local test data files — everything will be covered that day.” If you are interested in helping out with this project, check out Henrik’s blog post over on QMO to find out how you can participate.
Creating an HTML5 Game
100 million Adblock Plus downloads
“We’re very happy to celebrate a huge milestone,” writes Justin Scott of the AMO team. “Adblock Plus became the first browser add-on to be downloaded 100 million times! Customization has always been one of the best features of Firefox, and 100 million downloads of a single add-on combined with 2.2 billion add-on downloads overall shows just how important that extensibility is to our users. Many developers dream of creating software that has worldwide impact and affects millions of people, so it’s thrilling for us to provide a platform where this kind of success is possible. Congratulations to Wladimir Palant and the Adblock Plus community!”
Input 2.0: quest for a smarter dashboard
Firefox 4 betas include a “Feedback” button that allows users to quickly and easily send their opinions and ideas about the beta to Mozilla. The system that receives and deals with all of this data lives at input.mozilla.com, and includes over 700,000 pieces of feedback. A new version of input.mozilla.com was recently unveiled, offering a time-based line graph, getting rid of the 1000-max-match limit, including data from older versions, and more.
Prospector: analyze your search behavior
Labs has launched another new Prospector-related experiment. “With Prospector, we are interested in improving searches in the browser including those searches that you make through websites. To better understand how people do various types of searches, we have put together a new experiment to help you report back with your findings. This experiment is a little different than our previous experiments. It is more of a study where you can take a look at your own data and come up with your own ideas of how searches can be improved.” Read more about Prospector and download the new add-on at the Mozilla Labs weblog.
Localizers: SUMO changes are coming
Kadir Topal has written an article about upcoming SUMO changes that all localizers should read. “At SUMO we’re taking a huge step forward by finally switching to our all-new Knowledge Base. Most of the work is done and we had an awesome test day. We’re currently fixing the last few bugs before the release on November 30th. A new KB means that we have a lot of new strings in the UI — more than 2000 words in all. You can find the new strings in Verbatim, our new tool for all UI localization. It’s a lot of words, but fear not: up to 50% of the strings were ported over, so if you’ve localized those in the past you don’t have to do it again. When we moved them we marked them as fuzzy, so you can decide for yourself if you want to accept them or change them. We need your help, so please start localizing those strings so your locale is ready for the release on the 30th!”
Community interviews: Tom Ellins (TMZ)
“At Mozilla we have an amazingly strong community that really makes up the core of the project. However, the incredible work of our core contributors is often not visible to the rest of our community. At SUMO we want to change that. Inspired by Matthew Helmke’s great interview series, we started to interview different members of our SUMO community to give you a glimpse into their life and work. In this installment we will hear from Tom Ellins, also known as tmz on IRC. Tom is a long time contributor, helping countless Firefox users in live chat sessions.” Read more about Tom’s contributions to Mozilla, and the impact his involvement has had on his life, at the Firefox Support Blog.
Notes from Thailand
William Quiviger, a long-time Mozillian and incredible community organizer, has written about his recent experiences in traveling to Thailand and working with some of the Mozilla contributors there. “Yesterday, I got an email from Wichai ‘Cheng’ Termwuttipreecha, a lead Mozilla contributor from Thailand and based in Bangkok, informing me that the Thai localization crew had just about finished localizing Firefox 4. This is awesome news. I want to stress this not only because it’s an important milestone — only a few weeks ago, localization efforts were lagging behind and it looked far from certain that Fx 4 would be shipping in Thai — but because it comes after some very productive and insightful team-building meetups I was fortunate to help lead during my week in Bangkok.”
Labs Game Night in London
Mozilla Labs Gaming is hosting a Labs Night Open Web Gaming Special in London, together with Six to Start. This Labs night will be all about games being developed and played on the Open Web — expect lots of cool demos, talks and interesting people to hang out with. You can register for the event on its Eventbrite page. Read more at the Moz Labs blog.
* Rainbow 0.2
* Dec 4, Online, International Open Data Hackathon
* Dec 6, London, Mozilla Labs Night
* Dec 15, Sunnyvale, Bugzilla Users & Administrators Group meeting
* Dec 17, Open Data competition deadline
* Jan 11, Game On! competition deadline
* April 9-10, Bulgaria Web Summit 2011
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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23 Nov 2010 deb