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Nigel Babu: OKFestival Fringe Events

zo, 17/08/2014 - 17:00

The writeup of the OKFestival is very incomplete, because I haven’t mentioned the fringe events! I attended two fringe events and they both were very good.

First, I attended CKANCon right before OKFestival. It was informal and co-located with CSVConf. My best takeaway has been talking to people from the wider community around CKAN. I often feel blind-sided because we don’t have a good view of CKAN. I want to know how a user of a portal built on CKAN feels about the UX. After all, the actual users of open data portals are citizens who get data that they can do awesome things with. I had a good conversation with folks from DKAN about their work and I’ve been thinking about how we can make that better.

I finally met Max! (And I was disappointed he didn’t have a meatspace sticker :P

The other event I attended was Write the Docs. Ali and Florian came to Berlin to attend the event. It was total surprise running into them at the Mozilla Berlin office. The discussions at the event were spectacular. The talks by by Paul Adams and Jessica Rose were great and a huge learning experience. I missed parts of oncletom’s talk, but the bit I did catch sounded very different to my normal view of documentation.

We had a few discussions around localization and QA of docs which were pretty eye opening. At one of the sessions, Paul, Ali, Fabian and I discussed rules of documentation, which turned out pretty good! It was an exercise in patience narrowing them down!

I was nearly exhausted and unable to think clearly by the time Write the Docs started, but managed to face through it! Huge thanks to (among others ) Mikey and Kristof for organizing the event!

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Francesca Ciceri: Adventures in Mozillaland #4

zo, 17/08/2014 - 11:36

Yet another update from my internship at Mozilla, as part of the OPW.

An online triage workshop

One of the most interesting thing I've done during the last weeks has been to held an online Bug Triage Workshop on the #testday channel at
That was a first time for me: I had been a moderator for a series of training sessions on IRC organized by Debian Women, but never a "speaker".
The experience turned out to be a good one: creating the material for the workshop had me basically summarize (not too much, I'm way too verbose!) all what I've learned in this past months about triaging in Mozilla, and speaking of it on IRC was a sort of challenge to my usual shyness.

And I was so very lucky that a participant was able to reproduce the bug I picked as example, thus confirming it! How cool is that? ;)

The workshop was about the very basics of triaging for Firefox, and we mostly focused on a simplified lifecycle of bugs, a guided tour of bugzilla (including the quicksearch and the advanced one, the list view, the individual bug view) and an explanation of the workflow of the triager. I still have my notes, and I plan to upload them to the wiki, sooner or later.

I'm pretty satisfied of the outcome: the only regret is that the promoting wasn't enough, so we have few participants.
Will try to promote it better next time! :)


Another thing that had me quite busy in the last weeks was to learn more about crashes and stability in general.
If you are unfortunate enough to experience a crash with Firefox, you're probably familiar with the Mozilla Crash Reporter dialog box asking you to submit the crash report.

But how does it works?

From the client-side, Mozilla uses Breakpad as set of libraries for crash reporting. The Mozilla specific implementation adds to that a crash-reporting UI, a server to collect and process crash reported data (and particularly to convert raw dumps into readable stack traces) and a web interface, Socorro to view and parse crash reports.

Curious about your crashes? The about:crashes page will show you a list of the submitted and unsubmitted crash reports. (And by the way, try to type about:about in the location bar, to find all the super-secret about pages!)

For the submitted ones clicking on the CrashID will take you to the crash report on crash-stats, the website where the reports are stored and analyzed. The individual crash report page on crash-stats is awesome: it shows you the reported bug numbers if any bug summaries match the crash signature, as well as many other information. If crash-stats does not show a bug number, you really should file one!

The CrashKill team works on these reports tracking the general stability of the various channels, triaging the top crashes, ensuring that the crash bugs have enough information and are reproducible and actionable by the devs.
The crash-stats site is a mine of information: take a look at the Top Crashes for Firefox 34.0a1.
If you click on a individual crash, you will see lots of details about it: just on the first tab ("Signature Summary") you can find a breakdown of the crashes by OS, by graphic vendors or chips or even by uptime range.
A very useful one is the number of crashes per install, so that you know how widespread is the crashing for that particular signature. You can also check the comments the users have submitted with the crash report, on the "Comments" tab.

One and Done tasks review

Last week I helped the awesome group of One and Done developers, doing some reviewing of the tasks pages.

One and Done is a brilliant idea to help people contribute to the QA Mozilla teams.
It's a website proposing the user a series of tasks of different difficulty and on different topics to contribute to Mozilla. Each task is self-contained and can last few minutes or be a bit more challenging. The team has worked hard on developing it and they have definitely done an awesome job! :)

I'm not a coding person, so I just know that they're using Django for it, but if you are interested in all the dirty details take a look at the project repository. My job has been only to check all the existent tasks and verify that the description and instruction are correct, that the task is properly tagged and so on. My impression is that this an awesome tool, well written and well thought with a lot of potential for helping people in their first steps into Mozilla. Something that other projects should definitely imitate (cough Debian cough).

What's next?

Next week I'll be back on working on bugs. I kind of love bugs, I have to admit it. And not squashing them: not being a coder make me less of a violent person toward digital insects. Herding them is enough for me. I'm feeling extremely non-violent toward bugs.

I'll try to help Liz with the Test Plan for Firefox 34, on the triaging/verifying bugs part.
I'll also try to triage/reproduce some accessibility bugs (thanks Mario for the suggestion!).

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Planet Mozilla Interns: Willie Cheong: Shutdown: 4A study term

zo, 17/08/2014 - 07:46

This term has been very unfruitful. I picked up League of Legends after an abstinence streak from DotA that lasted 4 good years. This kinda makes me sad. I’ve also lost a lot of motivation, especially with books and academia. It really isn’t the gaming that’s causing this. It is more just a lack of willpower to carry on doing something that seems so pointless. There’s a whole new post graduation world out there, with new and relevant things to learn.

I’ve really taken a liking to software development. It’s funny because in first year I remember believing that I could never picture myself sitting in front of a computer all day typing away. Yet here I am now, not knowing what else I would rather be doing.

I also remember having long-term plans for myself to run a self-grown start-up right after graduation. It’s not that I haven’t been trying. I have been working hard on these things over the past years but nothing seems to have gained any valuable traction at all. With only 8 months left to graduation, this once long-term goal and deadline is suddenly approaching and hitting the reality of being unattainable. Such a realization kills the motivation to carry on pushing.

Visions of life after university used to be so bright and optimistic. But as the moment slowly approaches I realize how clueless I really am and that’s OK. Engineers are trained problem solvers; we figure things out, eventually.

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Raniere Silva: Mathml August Meeting

zo, 17/08/2014 - 05:00
Mathml August Meeting

This is a report about the Mozilla MathML August IRC Meeting (see the announcement here). The topics of the meeting can be found in this PAD (local copy of the PAD) and the IRC log (local copy of the IRC log) is also available.

In the last 4 weeks the MathML team closed 5 bugs, worked in other 6 and open one bug. This are only the ones tracked by Bugzilla.

The next meeting will be in September 11th at 8pm UTC. Please add topics in the PAD.

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Raniere Silva: GSoC: Pencil Down (August 11 - August 17)

zo, 17/08/2014 - 05:00
GSoC: Pencil Down (August 11 - August 17)

This is the last report about my GSoC project and cover the thirteenth week of “Students coding”.

At this last week I worked at the auto capitalization and deployed a land page for the project:

Bellow you will find more details about the past week and some thoughts about the project as a hole.

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Mozilla Release Management Team: Firefox 32 beta6 to beta7

zo, 17/08/2014 - 00:44

  • 7 changesets
  • 19 files changed
  • 104 insertions
  • 22 deletions

ExtensionOccurrences js6 txt4 cpp3 xml1 h1 css1

ModuleOccurrences js7 content7 mobile1 browser1

List of changesets:

Randell JesupBug 1013007: re-enable STUN throttling in mid-beta and later r=bwc a=lmandel - b42bbb72b7a8 Benoit JacobBug 777574 - Skip all quickCheckAPI tests on linux/android/emulator slaves. r=kamidphish, a=test-only - 791e4db4574b Alexander SeleznevBug 1038607 - Fix text color in search field on about:newtab page. r=dao, a=lmandel - 6fd1ba78d246 Margaret LeibovicBug 1048941 - Make all empty view images 90x90dp. r=lucasr, a=lmandel - 511ac00e4e6c Timothy NikkelBug 1027741 - Run decode complete notification handler for image documents on a script runner because they trigger invalidation and decode complete notifications are often dispatched during painting. r=smaug, a=lmandel - d4e47ec57f06 Axel VialaBug 1044584 - Fix incorrect computation of mUploadTransferred. r=bz, a=lmandel - cfec8a16880a Luke WagnerBug 992461 - Turn off the shell's asm.js cache by default. r=bbouvier, a=sledru - 51f60a862089

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