Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mozilla DevDays Toronto

On Monday and Tuesday I attended the Mozilla DevDays Toronto event. This blog isn't so much about the content (which was video taped for later posting) as it is about the essence of my reaction to the event.

In a nutshell, Mozilla DevDays Toronto was extremely valuable to me. All the talks I attended were good, but as is so often the case, I found a lot of value in hallway conversations and breakout meetings. Asking key Mozilla people my half-baked questions in person miraculously ended in fully baked answers, with icing and sprinkles. I'm thinking half-baked questions have to be delivered in person. Mark Finkle thanks for the tips and demystifications about distinguishing XUL dom events, and about XPCOM wrapper decisions.

Day two's talks on automated testing were an awesome introduction to xpcshell, mochitests, chrome tests, asynchronous tests, and ref tests in Mozilla. Note there is an extension developer addon that has an xpcom-ready JavaScript shell (or you can use xpcshell from the command line if you build Firefox yourself).

It was great to see timr again, and to meet jono, mfinkle and others; faces to names as they say. (Tim and Jono ended up touring my workplace today, where we showed them Assistive Technology and chatted about Ux design, automated testing and QA. I'll post on that when I upload my pics off the camera.)

Let's not forget humph! Thanks Dave, I know these events take a lot of effort to pull off, and I want you to know that (at least from from my angle) you put on a high value event!

Thanks for reading.

[UPDATED to fix a name. Sorry!]


monk.e.boy said...

re: half baked questions, why not video them and post them on this site? or do you think you need the two way, back and forward thing going on?

Antonio said...

you probably meant MARK finkle :) ?

David Bolter said...

@monk.e.boy: Great idea!

@antonio: Yes. Thanks! I've made the correction.

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