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Firefox Desktop automation goals Q1 2016

As promised in my last blog posts I don’t want to only blog about the goals from last quarters, but also about planned work and what’s currently in progress. So this post will be the first one which will shed some light into my active work. First lets get started with my goals for this quarter. Execute firefox-ui-tests in TaskCluster Now that our tests are located in mozilla-central, mozilla-aurora, and mozilla-beta we want to see them run on a check-in basis including try. Usually you will setup Buildbot jobs toContinue readingFirefox Desktop automation goals Q1 2016

Review of automation work – Q4 2015

The last quarter of 2015 is gone and its time to reflect what happened in Q4. In the following you will find a full overview again for the whole quarter. It will be the last time that I will do that. From now on I will post in shorter intervals to specific topics instead of covering everything. This was actually a wish from our latest automation survey which I want to implement now. I hope you will like it. So during the last quarter my focus was completely on gettingContinue readingReview of automation work – Q4 2015

Automation Survey Follow-up

As promised in my last post about the automation survey results I wanted to come up with a follow-up to clarify our next steps in being more open for our activities, discussions, and also quarterly goals. Sorry, that it has been taken a bit longer but end of the quarter and especially the year is mostly packed with stuff to finish up. Also the all-hands work week in Orlando beginning of December hold me off from doing a lot real work. So lets get started with the mailing list topicContinue readingAutomation Survey Follow-up

Results of the Firefox Automation Survey

November 23rd I blogged about the active survey covering the information flow inside our Firefox Automation team. This survey was open until November 30th and I thank everyone of the participants which have taken the time to get it filled out. In the following you can find the results: Most of the contributors who are following our activities are with Mozilla for the last 3 years. Whereby half of them joined less than a year ago. There is also a 1:1 split between volunteers and paid staff members. This isContinue readingResults of the Firefox Automation Survey

Survey about sharing information inside the Firefox Automation team

Within the Firefox Automation team we were suffering a bit in sharing information about our work over the last couple of months. That mainly happened because I was alone and not able to blog more often than once in a quarter. The same applies to our dev-automation mailing list which mostly only received emails from Travis CI with testing results. Given that the team has been increased to 4 people now (beside me this is Maja Frydrychowicz, Syd Polk, and David Burns, we want to be more open again andContinue readingSurvey about sharing information inside the Firefox Automation team

Firefox Automation report – Q3 2015

It’s time for another Firefox Automation report! It’s incredible how fast a quarter passes by without that I have time to write reports more often. Hopefully it will change soon – news will be posted in a follow-up blog post. Ok, so what happened last quarter for our projects. Mozharness One of my deliverables in Q3 was to create mozharness scripts for our various tests in the firefox-ui-tests repository, so that our custom runner scripts can be replaced. This gives us a way more stable system and additional features likeContinue readingFirefox Automation report – Q3 2015

Crusial SSD bug and firmware fix

About 2.5 years ago I got a Thinkpad X230 as working machine. It’s quiet a decent one given the hardware specs and since then I was happy with it even I’m not able to use the touchpad at all. The quality is just so poor compared to an Apple Macbook which I owned before. But anyway that’s another topic… What I want to talk about here is more my experience with the hard drive. When I was asked what kind of drive I wanna have I told that it shouldContinue readingCrusial SSD bug and firmware fix

mozdownload 1.18 released

Today we have released mozdownload 1.18 to PyPI. The reason why I think it’s worth a blog post is that with this version we finally added support for a sane API. With it available using the mozdownload code in your own script is getting much easier. So there is no need to instantiate a specific scraper anymore but a factory scraper is doing all the work depending on the options it gets. Here some examples: If you are using mozdownload via its API you can also easily get the remoteContinue readingmozdownload 1.18 released

Firefox Automation report – Q2 2015

It’s been a while since I wrote my last Firefox automation report, so lets do another one to wrap up everything happened in Q2 this year. As you may remember from my last report the team has been cut down to only myself, and beside that I was away the whole April. Means only 2 months worth of work will be covered this time. In general it was a tough quarter for me. Working alone and having to maintain all of our infrastructure and keeping both of our tests (MozmillContinue readingFirefox Automation report – Q2 2015

Firefox Automation report – Q1 2015

As you may have noticed I was not able to come up with status reports of the Firefox Automation team during the whole last quarter. I feel sad about it, but there was simply no time to keep up with those blog posts. Even now I’m not sure how often I will be able to blog. So maybe I will aim to do it at least once a quarter or if possible once a month. You may ask how it comes? The answer is simple. Our team faced some changesContinue readingFirefox Automation report – Q1 2015

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