It’s pretty cool doing docs for Mozilla projects. There’s always new and interesting documentation to write (even though sometimes the documentation is actually about relatively old code). I’ve got a variety of things that I’m either working on or am planning to tackle soon — although if anyone feels like doing it for me, I sure as heck won’t complain.
Unfortunately, I’m still recovering from having to reinstall all my stuff after my iMac got hacked into. I still don’t think anything was compromised, but better safe than sorry. At this point, the big problem is that some of the code I’m fiddling with in order to get a proper grasp on how various concepts work was being done by actually playing around with the Firefox code.
This would be fine, except that now, when I use the same steps I always used to pull and build the 1.8 branch version of Firefox (ie, Bon Echo), I get errors about missing libraries, such as freetype, which never happened to me before.
So I figured I’d pull my backup of the source tree from my Backup archive. Of course, if you’ve seen my recent messages, Backup has been crashing if I try to restore more than a handful of files at a time.
When was the last time you counted how many files are in the Mozilla tree?
So if anyone knows why I might be getting errors about how freetype isn’t installed, I’d love to hear it.
Anyway, back on to what I’m planning to write about in the near future.
Sometime in the next few weeks, I’m going to start writing articles that will actually take some of the best add-ons on AMO and pull them apart to find out how they work, demonstrating the techniques behind them. I’ll likely be dropping emails to the authors of extensions I pick. I’ll do one dissection every few weeks (the exact interval depends on how much other stuff I’ve got going on at any given time).
Dria and I think this’ll be an awesome educational tool for new developers, to see how the “old hands” get things done.
Xcode and Mozilla
I’m also going to be updating, rewriting, and augmenting (as necessary) our documentation on how to do Mozilla builds on the Mac using Apple’s developer tools. This is on my plate for two reasons: first, it needs to be done. Second, I’m a Mac nut and will find it incredibly useful. And, well, there’s actually a third reason too: it’ll be all kinds of fun.
Assorted Other Stuff
I’ll be working on other stuff the next few months as well, I think, including reviewing any new articles folks ask me to look over, and doing some random spot-checking of existing articles. I’ll also likely be helping do work on the XUL reference, although I haven’t actually talked to Deb recently about it.
Of course, this list is just based on current plans, and can change at a moment’s notice, since it’s a combination of what I’ve been asked to work on and what I want to work on. Enjoy your grain of salt.