Having a good experience when testing Firefox Nightly builds should be self-evident. Therefor the QA Automation Services team is maintaining the Nightly Tester Tools extension, which brings a couple of useful features to ease the testing efforts. While the extension works fine most of the time, we unfortunately fail at times when a version bump for Firefox happens. Exactly this action repeats in a 6 week interval and is the release cycle of Firefox. So what happens here? The extension registers binary components for the crashme feature in the manifest
The Nightly Tester Tools extension for Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, and Songbird is one of the most important extensions for our nightly testing community. It offers helpful features like customizing the title bar, retrieving the current build id, testing the crash behavior, and others. For a long time exactly since early January no new version has been released. The reason was that the maintainer hasn’t had that much time anymore to drive the project. Given the importance and our own usage of the extension, the Automation Services team has requested to
Yesterday a new version of MemChaser has been released. It was necessary due to the implementation of the new Garbage Collector API, which has been landed on Thursday for Firefox 14. Beside the new observers which report about CC/GC activity some of the console message keys have also been changed. That broke our parsing of values and MemChaser was not able to report any GC information. Version 0.2.1 is a bug fix release and only contains the above mentioned fix. If you are interested in more information check our issue
Exactly one month after we have released our initial version of MemChaser, version 0.2 has been made publicly available. You can install the add-on as usual from addons.mozilla.org or if it is already installed, simply check for updates within the Add-ons Manager. A couple of subtle changes have been made which will give a better experience for users. So we have combined the formerly two widgets in the Add-on bar into a single one to prevent other extensions from inserting their widgets in-between. At the same time the width has
Today I want to announce a new extension for Firefox. It’s been developed by the Mozilla QA Automation Services team, which exists to support the Mozilla QA community by developing tools and frameworks for ease of testing. And this time, in case of the extension, we even target (web) developers, and our huge Firefox user base. So what is it about? Mid of December 2011 bug 711900 has been filed. It complained about an increased garbage and cycle collector activity in Firefox 10, which was not existent in Firefox 9.
After talking to one of my colleagues at Mozilla, we have decided to push another minor release of the Mozmill-Crowd extension as soon as possible. The main task was to improve the user experience when using the extension. The following fixes have been incorporated: Save the screenshots which are automatically taken by the l10n test-run into the screenshots folder of the extension storage. That allows you to access those a way easier, compared to before when you had to locate those first in the temporary folder. Disable the slow script
Firefox 4, the next major version of Mozilla’s web browser, will include hundreds of new features and enhancements. A lot of those will happen in the background and will primarily not be visible at the front-end. A very good example for such a feature is the support for graphics hardware acceleration. It will drastically improve the rendering of pages, videos, or the Firefox UI itself. But noticeable it is only because it is that fast. Alongside those back-end features, also the Firefox UI has been vastly changed. Mainly you will