about:mozilla is a weekly round-up of news and contribution opportunities. Here’s what’s happening this week.
New Developer Tools
Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux adds new in-product developer tools that make it easier to visualize page elements. Nicknamed Tilt, the brand new WebGL-based website visualization tool highlights the structure of a page better than a flat view, so anyone can immediately understand the relationship of the code to the page output.
Extraterrestrial Fun with HTML5
Ondřej Žára and Rob Hawkes, two Mozillians who love experimenting with HTML5 and other modern web technologies, have recently started a new project called Just Spaceships, which is a space shooter based on HTML5. It’s a simple game with a space shooter theme. A notable thing is that it doesn’t use WebGL, only canvas-based rendering. It also supports multiplayer games and finally, it’s completely open-source. You can take a look at the source code or just play the game.
Girls Learning Code
The Mozilla Toronto community space was recently full of girls aged 11 to 14 spending a week learning how to code. It’s one more step towards tackling the gender divide in tech and bringing kids closer to the modern techniques of making and building. “I don’t want them to see coding as nerdy and geeky. I want them to see it as cool and empowering.” said Heather Payne, the driving force behind the camp. If you want to host your own youth hack jam, take a look at the Mozilla Hackasaurus event kit.
New Open Badges site
Jess Klein, talks about how she redesigned the Open Badges website. The new design makes use of illustrations that embody the different types of people who interact with badges—an issuer, user and displayer. Read more about how she created the design and then check out the new Open Badges site.
* March 14, Paris, France Paris Hackers Meetup #4
* March 15, Internet SUMO Day
* March 21, Zurich, Switzerland Mozilla Coffee Table
* March 24, Manhattan, New York MDN Hack Day
* March 30, San Francisco, California TLDRconf
* April 6, Béziers, France Web 5
* See more on the Mozilla Community Calendar
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Have a good week folks and keep rocking the Web!
14 Mar 2012 dboswell