Today we hold our last Automation Training day for this quarter. So if you want to learn something about test automation at Mozilla, feel free to join at any time during the day. We are around all day, waiting to answer your questions, and to get you started if you want to contribute to one of our projects.
Please have a look at our etherpad for the current status:
I’m looking forward to see some of you!
All the details about this all day event you can read here.
Please spread the news around so that we will have a fruitful day with a lot of discussions, and small or larger tasks accomplished.
A week ago I had the pleasure to attend the FOSDEM (Free and Open source Software Developers’ European Meeting) in Brussels. As every year Mozilla has been setup its own booth and also got assigned an own developer room for talks. I have used this opportunity to spread the word about our crowd-testing initiative with Mozmill Crowd. Thanks to the committee my talk also got approved and I was able to demonstrate our latest activities in-front of a couple of people. If you weren’t able to attend, you can check my slides below or on Slideshare:
I have to thank everyone for the amazing feedback. A lot ideas have been collected during those 2 days, which now need to be injected into our roadmap. One of the most important items is definitely the way how we offer a testing solution for add-ons. Because of the Jetpack team already offers unit tests via the Addon SDK framework, we should work together to get more add-on authors to create tests for their add-ons, but also to being able to collect more test results from our testing community. It’s absolutely an item for me after Firefox 4 has been released and we have finished our refactoring of the shared modules used by our Mozmill tests. So assume updates by next quarter.
Beside my own activities I was able to visit some other booth and finally got in contact with Bernhard Wiedemann from the openSUSE project, who now also runs our Mozmill tests on a daily basis on their machines. I’m kinda inspired by some of the features they are using, especially the creation of a video for the complete test-run. Features like those would have been already helped us a lot. It’s nothing more frustrating to not being able to reproduce an issue because of lack of information.
A big thanks goes also to the planning team of Mozilla who took care of anything related over this weekend. Thanks for the accommodation, the dinner and bowling party on Saturday and all the other small but necessary stuff. As always it was great to get in contact with our and external communities.
Oh, and some pictures have been uploaded to Flick.
Last Friday I had my presentation about the MozMill crowd extension. It was part of the breakout sessions during the Mozilla Summit 2010 in Whistler. For everyone who wasn’t able to make it to my presentation I have uploaded the slides to slideshare:
If you have further ideas or proposals you want to tell us about, please use the following EtherPad document. We would appreciate it.
Update:I should mention that the extension is still under development and we target a release for September. If you want to follow the process, check the Mozmill Crowd project page.
Last Friday, June the 11th, we had our second testday for exploratory testing the new Add-ons Manager. It was again well attended and we had a couple of fantastic discussions across its whole duration. If you weren’t able to attend but interested in details about the discussions, you can read through the chat transcription which lists any specific detail.
Given our last testday end of April, I have continued my idea to see the testday covering more than only the PDT timezone. That means this time it has also been started 8am UTC and ended 5pm PDT. At the beginning we had lesser action but after lunch time in Europe more and more people joined and participated in discussions. The most active people in the channel were aaronmt, aleksej, dark_skeleton, gabe2300, kbrosnan, kinger, mossop, smaug, tchung, tobbi, tonymec, unfocused, wx24, and myself.
After all we were able to identify 11 new bugs which is much lesser than the last time. But I think it speaks for the work which happened in that area the last one and a half month.
We thank everyone who has participated in that testday and made it a success again. Now with the new themes approaching in the near future, another testday has to be targeted. Stay tuned and check for updates regularly.
Mozmill, which is a framework for running functional tests, can be used for any application which is built on top of the Mozilla platform. This includes Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, and many others. But it’s not only possible to test the application itself. Instead it can also be used to run any type of functional tests for installed add-ons.
To stimulate add-on authors to create their own Mozmill tests, Mozilla QA is holding a testday on Friday, March 5th, which is fully devoted to Mozmill testscripting for your add-on. Learn how Mozmill tests will be written and how they can be run in Firefox. The Mozmill team will be around the whole day to assist you wherever possible.
If you are interested in the testday, you should read through the following documentation about the creation of testscripts for extensions.
You can also attend, when you have general questions about Mozmill or when you want to help in creating Mozmill tests for Firefox. Get ready and join us in #testday next Friday.
Over the next weekend the next FOSDEM will take place once more in Brussels (Belgium). It’s a two day event completely devoted to the free and open source software.
Mozilla has its own developer room again and offers a couple of interesting talks during both days. For the first time I will not only be a participant but also have my own talk. That means that everyone who is interested to hear about the basics of Mozmill and the current state of Mozmill testing is welcome to join my Mozmill talk on Sunday, Feb. 7th, at 10am. There will be a lot of live demonstrations about various areas QA is working on.