We’ve been a bit quiet lately because we’ve been cooking up something new. Shortly after April’s re-release of the addons.mozilla.org (AMO) front-end, Mike Shaver came on board. He’s given the project some direction and has been mixing things up a bit with new ideas. He’s helped us focus and move forward on:
- Drafting policies
- Gathering more complete requirements for future product releases
- Making better performance decisions
- Choosing correct data structures
- Taking advantage of web frameworks and new technology
We’ve been able to work on all this and still manage to keep things running thanks to community volunteer efforts from people like Mel Reyes, Olive, Nitallica, Alan Starr, Wolf, Pontus Freyhult, Chris Blore, Lupine, Robert Marshall, Giorgio Maone, Mike Kroger, Ed Hume, Daniel Steinbrook, Sethnakht, and Cameron. They have working hard to review add-ons, work with developers, help users, report bugs and submit patches. We all owe them a pat on the back.
Another factor has been the addition of badly needed resources:
- The attention and focus of Shaver, who genuinely cares about our project
- Additional staff to help organize and speed up development — myself, Wil Clouser (clouserw), Andrei (sancus)
- New developers and volunteers stepping up, like Cameron and fligtar (Justin Scott)
- The ongoing support and direction of Mike Schroepfer (schrep)
With the next major release of Firefox and Thunderbird around the corner, one thing was certain for addons.mozilla.org — change. Lots and lots of yummy change.
Shaver coined “remora“, the shiny-sexy codename of AMO v3. We’ve set up a public wiki where we’ve gathered and cleaned up most of your requirements, and posted a project schedule. We even had one of our volunteers create an image for us (it’s giving birth to add-ons!):
Our goals are clear:
- Make finding and installing add-ons easier
- Support localization of site pages and data
- Reduce and simplify design and layout with a fresh new look
- Take full advantage of our new hardware resources
- Provide better support through forums and threaded discussions
- Develop with a test-oriented mindset for a more robust and mature application
- Revitalize and streamline our review process to ensure the quality of add-ons
All this should add up to a common goal: extend Mozilla products to make the web better. Period.
So things are looking up! Please read the wiki and join us in IRC if you have ideas or want to participate in the project:
- Remora Wiki Page
- IRC: #amo#irc.mozilla.org
We are looking for help with l10n support. If you are a translator, please find us in IRC! Thanks.