Webdev is a loosely affiliated group of developers across the Mozilla Project who make web sites and services. We make the inter-tubes happen by working on servers, clients and services.
Mozilla is known for making Firefox, but it turns out we also make a ton of websites, web services, etc. There is no one team that handles all of this; there are contributors in every area of the community, paid staff and volunteers, who all do something that could be considered "Web Development". There's a lot of good reasons for having a Webdev group, from supporting contribution to knowledge-sharing.
How can I join?
There's no criteria for joining Webdev, but you can (and should!) introduce yourself or ask a question via any of our communication channels:
- #webdev on irc.mozilla.org
- firstname.lastname@example.org Mailing List
- The monthly Webdev Extravaganza
What does Webdev do?
So we have a group. But what do we do?
People in the Webdev group work on a lot of Mozilla websites, such as:
We also maintain a bunch of libraries to make web development easier. A few examples include:
- localForage, a simple API for asynchronous storage.
- Mortar, a collection of Open Web App templates.
- django-browserid, a library for hooking up Persona authentication to a Django site.
- tower, an L10n library to add some functionality to Jinja
- ElasticUtils, an iterative API for building Elasticsearch searches
- And many more!
We also host a few regular events / meetings to share news and cool projects:
- The Webdev Extavaganza, a monthly meeting to share news about web development across the Project.
- Beer and Tell, a monthly meeting to show off side-projects you've been working on (beer optional).
The world would be a darker place without documentation. We try to maintain documentation to help uphold common standards of quality and document things common to every group in Webdev:
- The WebDev Bootcamp, which includes:
- A collection of links to useful guides and tools for Git (and GitHub).
- A CSS style guide.
- A bunch of unfinished TODOs.
Spread the word!
We like sharing info with the rest of the world, and like getting feedback from the rest of the world too! That's why we run a few broadcast channels for talking about what we do:
How can I help?
If you're interested in helping the Webdev group out, there's tons of things you can do:
- Contribute to one of our projects or libraries.
- Ask or answer a question on our mailing list.
- Show off your side-project at our monthly Beer and Tell.
If you're not sure what to do, send us an email and tell us about yourself and what you might be interested in. We're happy to help!