Extravaganza – April 2015

Once a month, web developers from across Mozilla get together to practice our competitive placation skills. While we aggressively refine our concessions, we find time to talk about the work that we’ve shipped, share the libraries we’re working on, meet new folks, and talk about whatever else is on our minds. It’s the Webdev Extravaganza! The meeting is open to the public; you should stop by!

You can check out the wiki page that we use to organize the meeting, or view a recording of the meeting in Air Mozilla. Or just read on for a summary!

Shipping Celebration

The shipping celebration is for anything we finished and deployed in the past month, whether it be a brand new site, an upgrade to an existing one, or even a release of a library.

Webdev Project Listing

I myself presented first, and shared mozilla.github.io/webdev, a list of Mozilla projects related to Web Development. The site pulls metadata from Github as well as contribute.json files when available, and is built and updated by Travis CI whenever a change lands on master. A small instance of daily-travis triggers a re-build once a day to keep the listing up-to-date.

Starring Events on Air Mozilla

Peterbe shared the news that you can now star events on Air Mozilla thanks to the work by OPW 2015 intern Lisa Hewus Fresh. Both signed-in and anonymous users can star videos; anonymous stars are saved to localstorage. Lisa also gave a brownbag on her intern experience and the process of developing and shipping the feature.


Potch stopped by to let us know that SocketPeer, which was presented at last month’s Beer and Tell, has shipped and is ready for use. The library was also featured in a post on the Hacks blog.

New Hires / Interns / Volunteers / Contributors

Here we introduce any newcomers to the Webdev group, including new employees, interns, volunteers, or any other form of contributor.

Name Role Work
abompard Volunteer Submitted PRs to add Django 1.8 support to django-browserid!
jp Employee Transfer DevOps Jedi transferred to Web Engineering. Previously the DevOps wizard for the Mozilla Foundation!


The Roundtable is the home for discussions that don’t fit anywhere else.

Django-nose broken on Django 1.8

Peterbe wanted to share the news that django-nose is broken on Django 1.8. There’s an open issue and some pull requests with fixes, but no fix has been merged yet.

This week’s breakout star was willkg, with a stunning move to pay $200 a month in reparations to one of his Twitter followers in return for not following them back.

If you’re interested in web development at Mozilla, or want to attend next month’s Extravaganza, subscribe to the dev-webdev@lists.mozilla.org mailing list to be notified of the next meeting, and maybe send a message introducing yourself. We’d love to meet you!

See you next month!