Gordon P. Hemsley

Linguist by day. Web developer by night.

Archive for February, 2009

Firefox Bugs Housekeeping

Posted by Gordon P. Hemsley on February 15, 2009

With the help of Henrik Skupin (whimboo) of the Mozilla QA Team, I’ve recently been going through the old Firefox 1.0 and 1.5 bugs and closing the ones that have outlived their usefulness. The ones whose current usefulness remains questionable, I’ve added a comment requesting more information, and tagged the whiteboard with “[closeme <date>]”, where <date> is a month from today, in YYYY-MM-DD format. (There is an ongoing discussion on mozilla.dev.quality regarding the use of this tag, and whether it should be removed once the bug is closed.) There are currently over 300 bugs filed against old Firefox versions, so I could use some help with this task, if anyone is willing (and able).

I’ve also taken it upon myself to go through and re-categorize recent bugs that have been filed with version “unspecified”, whenever possible. (Sometimes, there is not enough detail in the bug to determine which version it belongs under. Other times, it falls under multiple versions.) I’ve created a saved search (available to those with “editbugs” status) called “Recent Firefox Bugs Needing Version Sorting” to help simplify this process. (This link goes to the recreated, public version of the search. Visit your preferences to turn on my shared version.) I don’t know how important of a task this is, and I don’t do it too often, as the volume of new bugs of that nature is just overwhelming, but I’m sure it couldn’t hurt if other people chipped in to help.

So this is one of the first steps I’ve taken to try to make myself useful to as many people as possible. Let me know if there’s anything I can do for you, or if you’d like to help me in my process.

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My Foray into Mozilla Education

Posted by Gordon P. Hemsley on February 14, 2009

I’ve recently rebooted this blog based on a suggestion by David Humphrey (humph) of Mozilla Education (wiki) during a discussion in #education. I’ll now be using it blog about my endeavors across the Internet related to software development (particularly the open source kind), as well as any other coding experiences I may have (including website development).

I’m excited to get involved with Mozilla Education, because that means I’ll be able to put my new Linguistics major to work (I’m currently attending the University of Vermont), while also building upon my 10 years of web developmentā€”not to mention being able to contribute to a community that I’ve been following and wanting to get involved with for those same 10 years. (I used Netscape 4 back in the day, was thrilled when Netscape 6 came out, soon switched to Mozilla Application Suite, and was finally convinced to switch to Firefox, where I’ve been ever since.)

In the coming days and weeks, I’ll be working with humph and others to decide where I’ll best fit. He suggested that I start with getting familiar with Ubiquity, so that I can perhaps help with their development of their natural language processing engine. He also mentioned the possibility of improving the tools that the localization team uses to translate Mozilla products into languages other than English, particularly via the Web. In the meantime, though, I have to brush up on my JavaScript, because it is an integral part of most Mozilla products, especially Ubiquity.

So I hope this will be a good experience for me, and I hope that I will be able to contribute something that other people will consider useful in the course of their using (or developing) Mozilla products.

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Stream of Controversy

Posted by Gordon P. Hemsley on February 14, 2009

If you came here expecting my “Stream of Controversy” blog, then you’re a bit out of date. I’ve now moved that to its own domain name to leave this one open to my more important musings.

Here is the link to my ranting blog: http://streamofcontroversy.wordpress.com/.

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