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Development Updates


Firefox Front End Work


  • all future milestones will be built off the new mozilla-1.9.2 branch
  • next milestone: Firefox 3.6 Beta 1
  • working through triage now, hope to have a beta -> final schedule by the end of the week
  • goals are startup time, responsiveness, Windows 7 readiness and polish
  • stretch goals include things like determining if Personas can be included as well as some changes to how the updater works to include plugin updates

Team News

  • this is Felipe Gomes's last week with us, he'll be posting some videos of the multitouch work he's been doing soon
  • the team will be gathering in Mountain View during the last week of August


  • Two new members of the Platform team today:
    • Joel Reymont joins us as a contractor who is focusing on Mac performance, with first task of focusing on Mac start-up perf. Word is, Joel lives and works on a boat of the coast of Spain.
    • Ben Hsieh joins us today, a General Platform engineer reporting to me (Damon). Ben is a recent Stanford CS grad.

Welcome Joel and Ben!

Branch work: Firefox 3.0.x / Firefox 3.5.x / Thunderbird 2.0.0.x

  • Firefox 3.0.13 -> 3.5.2 major update
    • major update was on the wire since 3.5.2 shipped (users had to "check for updates")
    • "unthrottled" the offer on Thursday
    • Firefox 3.0.13 users will now receive an offer to update automatically

TB 3

  • Serious bug cutting underway
  • Target dates for 3.0b4 and 3.0RC1 will be posted shortly
  • Mozilla Messaging team had productive on-site in Vancouver last week



Bad weekend for databases:


  • Starting to plan an Amsterdam Reboot ~ Sept 01/2009
  • Catching up on downtime events

Release Engineering

  • l10n nightly updates on mozilla-central http://armenzg.blogspot.com/2009/08/updates-nightly-just-en-us.html
  • now that tp4 has been out for a while, turning off tp3, fast-talos
  • cool new mobile flashing work
  • cleanup after the whole batch of releases
    • Funnelcake 9
    • FF3.6a1
    • FF3.0.13 (with refreshed MU)
    • FF3.5.2
    • enabled MU for idle-background notification
    • TB2.0.0.23
    • redoing Fennec 1.0b3


Test Execution

  • Tested TB2.0.0.23 to beta. Coordinated testing with Mozilla Messaging Test team.
  • QAlab now has a test-generating EVCert server running. Details here. Thanks to Anthony Hughes and Juan Becerra for a half year of work to get this up!
  • Firefox 3.6alpha litmus testrun published. Firefox Tegra testrun too.

Web Dev Testing

Metrics, Accessibility, Localization, Community

  • Community:
  • Project Metrics (AKA: Firefly):
    • Murali generated bug metrics for for 1.9.2 Blocking and Nominated bugs. These graphs are by assignee, priority, severity, product and component. These are automated (src) and will be kept up to date.
    • We also have more reliable automated code coverage results coming from the build infrastructure. Serialized mochitest runs and automated javascript testing are in place. Thanks joduinn and catlee!
    • We are pursuing code coverage for Electrolysis. See bug 510232.

Test Development

  • JS Reftests passed review, going to try server today
  • Running Mochtiests 1 by 1 are beginning to pay off on Windows Mobile
  • Beginning work to port QAC to Fennec
  • Investigating running reftests while keeping the tests on the remote server, something we need for wince and winmo
  • First run at the new Test Case Manager presented to QAE




Mozilla Service Week

  • Official media push & pledge period kicks off tomorrow, Aug. 18th!
    • Please let me know if you already have a Service Week idea and we'll feature it in our blog post.
    • Announcing the various ways to contribute to Mozilla Service Week as well
  • ES, IT, DE & FR will go live
  • We're hosting an online workshop on August 19th at 9 a.m. PDT to how to get involved with Mozilla Service Week from a promotion and contribution perspective. Info:
    • Dial-in Info: +1.650.903.0800, followed by 92# and then 7391#
    • Or you can use our toll-free number: +1.800.707.2533, followed by 369# and then 7391#. If you're outside the US, use Skype to call in with our toll-free number.
    • You can also watch the meeting live in Open Video at http://air.mozilla.com
    • For those that can't make the call or want to participate online, join us in #moservice on IRC (irc.mozilla.org).



  • The Mozilla Creative Collective is gearing up for a beta release this week! Stay tuned for the official announcement on the Mozilla Blog. http://creative.mozilla.org/



  • No updates.



  • We released Test Pilot 0.1.
  • There have been about 12,000 respondents to the initial Test Pilot survey but they are extremely skewed towards the tech-expert, early-adopter demographic. (They're also 97% male). We're looking for suggestions on how to reach out to a wider audience.
  • Suggestions for experiments to be done with Test Pilot can be added to our test proposals page.
  • We released Ubiquity 0.5.4. Aside from bugfixes and localization improvements, it has optimizations that speed up parsing by 100%. Twice as fast! Woo!
  • The new Labs website version 2.0 should be launched this week.

Developer Tools


  • blog post from Fligtar on Add-on usage went out last week.
  • 5.0.9 code freeze this week
    • Bandwagon Phase II (stats and recommendations)
    • Contributions update (now on category pages and front page)



  1. AMO strings have been converted to normal gettext strings, with lingering fixes needed to complete the conversion
  2. L20n development: investigating other implementations including the YAML format. Post from jhiatt is forthcoming
  3. Google snippets are updated
  4. Documentation inventory is mostly completed and rewriting primary l10n docs is underway
  5. Productization dashboard development progressing. We hope to have an implementation ready for viewing by the end of August
  6. Sign-off app demo-ed for IT, preparing to stage the entire application on a server in San Jose to test

Foundation Updates

  • mozilla.org relaunch scheduled for next Tuesday, August 25.


Intern Show & Tell

This week we have the following interns presenting:

Other Business