2006 brings some awesome news for AMO. There have been many meetings and discussions with MoCo about the progress of AMO, and it has all been very encouraging.
We have taken steps to speed up development by contracting with programmers, and there is more of a project management presence. Overall, things are progressing very well since the Firefox Summit gave us a chance to get together and talk about everything.
In December, mconnor and I discussed a schedule and what we really needed to get done. Getting everything out on the table was important, and it made the rest of December more productive. We accomplished the following since then:
- Reconfigured and cleaned up addons CVS
- Split public and developer tools into two separate applications
- Removed Smarty from CVS, since it should be managed on the server level
- General house cleaning on unnecessary files or directories
- Migrated new template
- Migrated search-engines page, started on recommended (getting started content)
- Implemented Smarty’s caching capabilities to improve LVS node performance and noticed a great perf gain
- Fixed all the stuff that Smarty caching broke 🙂
The upcoming month will be a time to focus on a re-release of the public-facing side of AMO. See the TODO list and the tentative schedule for more on what’s going on.
There are also some important things to think about as we approach this next version:
- How can we better utilize the community to moderate comments and addons?
- How can we make the site simpler for the average user?
- How can we make site content more community-driven?
- What can we do to make the review queue smaller without sacrificing QA?
There has been a lot of valuable discussion about these newer features/needs. Please chime in — join #umo and discuss it with me or anyone, or add your thoughts to the wiki.
There have been great thoughts about comment rating and user moderation, using “trust metrics” in order to determine the overall quality of a given extension, and making a Digg-like interface for deciding “what’s hot” on AMO to encourage user participation in the site.
2006 is going to be a better year for AMO, Mozilla and Firefox.