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Mozilla’s team is excited to see your interest in our browser-based, automated checks. Thanks for stopping by! This page describes our Web QA projects which use browser-based automation as well as everything you need to set up your own environment for running and … Continue reading → Continue reading
At last week’s Mozilla QA Meetup in Mountain View, California I demonstrated how to effectively profile Gecko in Firefox for Android on a device. By targeting a device running Firefox for Android, one can measure responsiveness and performance costs of executed code in Gecko. By measuring sample set intervals, we can focus on a snapshot of a stack and pinpoint functions and application resources produced by a sampling run. With this knowledge, one can provide a valuable sampling of information back to developers to better filed bug reports. Typically, as we have seen, these are helpful in bug reports for measuring page-load and scrolling and panning performance problems, frame performance and other GPU issues.
How to Help
- Install this (available here) Gecko Profiler add-on in Firefox on your desktop (it is the Gecko profiler used for platform execution), and follow the instructions outlined here for setting up an environment
- If you encounter odd slowdown in Firefox for Android, profile it! You can save the profile locally or share it via URL
- Add it to a (or your) bug report on Bugzilla
- Talk to us on IRC about your experience or problems
Here is an example bug report, bug 1047127 (panning stutters on a page with overflow-x) where a profile may prove helpful for further investigation.
Detailed information on profiling in general is available on MDN here.
Welcome to the Mozillians project. We love working with old and new
The community has worked to find creative ways to make the phonebook a
place where active and trusted memebers of the community can connect. The
latest set of features seeks to push new contributors and returning contributors to be
more active in shaping our community.
The new trust model:
- Anyone can create a Mozillians account.
- 1 vouch allows users to search for and view Mozillian profiles
- 3 vouches are needed to vouch for new Mozillians
A test environment is live on our dev server – mozillians-dev.allizom.org
– and ready for your critical eye. We welcome you to explore the features and offer
your open, honest, and unabashed feedback.
There are two areas that you can get involved with helping test; feature
verification using exploratory testing techniques and test automation coverage.
Setup for manual testing
Here are the unverified features that needs to still need to be tested. Find
a bug that needs verification and begin testing.If you have questions reach
out in IRC – #mozwebqa or #commtools – and introduce yourself.
Myself or another community member will help you.
To get started you’ll need:
- Disposable email addresses so you can create test accounts on dev I recommend free services like Mailinator or 10minutemail.
- personatestuser.org is one of my preferred tools if you don’t need to verify receipt of email but it forces you to parse a json file.
- Create an account on our dev server.
- Some of the test scenarios will require a vouched account. You can automatically vouch yourself by appending /vouch to the url.
- For example mozillians.allizom.org/u/your_account_name/vouch.
- Alternatively you can unvouch yourself by appending /unvouch to the url.
Setup for test automation
Creating test automation assumes that you have a bit of experience writing code and working with version control.
- Work through the mozillians-tests project ReadMe
- Review the open git issues for the project and assign one to yourself
- Talk to us in the #mozwebqa irc channel. We have a popping fun community that is energetic and would be thrilled to work with you.
We really appreciate your enthusiasm and help with making the community
phonebook better. This is fully a community initiative and wouldn’t exist
I look forward to seeing you online!
Recent work on standing up a proxy server for web browsing in Firefox for Android is now ready for real world testing. Eugen, Sylvain, and James, from the mobile platform team have been working towards the goal of building a proxy server to ultimately … Continue reading
I just announced over on openbuddha.com that I’m effectively closing that blog. I’ve also changed my twitter username from openbuddha to makehacklearn as part of doing so. I’m moving my blog focus here to blog about more hackerish things, whi… Continue reading
A few weeks ago, it was announced that there was now a 3D printing vending machine over at UC, Berkeley (aka “Cal”) now. This is the creation of Dreambox, some startup or somesuch doing 3D printing vending machines. Without a lot of data, I sent… Continue reading
The Mozilla Community Tools team is hosting a Meetup this week, June 10 – 12,
2014. Prior to the Meetup the community brainstormed goals for the gathering
as well as a loose schedule. Ongoing meeting notes can be found here. If you
would like to partic… Continue reading