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Add-on-Con 2009

picture of Add-on-Con 2008 satchel with patchesThis Friday is Add-on-Con 2009, in its second year as the only conference dedicated to browser add-ons. It takes place at the Computer History Museum again in Mountain View, California, so I’m hoping the turnout is as good or better than last year. I was very excited when I first learned that Add-on-Con would happen again this year, as I had such a great time at last year’s event, despite having 0 hours of sleep the night before.

Mozilla will be participating heavily in the event again this year as a platinum sponsor and speaking at quite a few sessions:

If you’ll be in the Bay Area this week and are interested in add-ons, be sure to register for Add-on-Con before it’s too late! Even if you’re not going to Add-on-Con, don’t forget that we have an add-ons meetup at Mozilla HQ on Thursday night.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone for great add-on events on Thursday and Friday!

Rock Your Firefox promoRock Your Firefox was a Facebook application we built two years ago to add a fun, social aspect to Firefox customization. As your friends selected their favorite add-ons, you could see what add-ons were popular with people you know, and get recommendations based on those favorites.

Last year I blogged that we were no longer actively developing or fixing bugs with the application behind Rock Your Firefox, a part of AMO’s codebase. Sadly, we’ll be ending support and disabling Rock Your Firefox this Friday. We may re-launch again in the future when we can rewrite the application to fix numerous bugs and make use of many new features on both AMO and the Facebook Platform.

As a way to remember the good times you had with Rock Your Firefox, make sure to grab a Rock Your Firefox Wallpaper before it’s too late.

We’re always trying to stay in touch with the add-ons community and the issues facing add-on developers, and one of the most common ways of letting us know pain points is by filing a bug in Bugzilla. We track almost everything here — from actual site bugs and feature requests to tasks and administrative issues. (AMO) is a huge site, and it’s quite possible you’ve found a minor glitch or more serious bug that we haven’t heard about yet.

Bugzilla can be complicated to a new user, so here’s a step-by-step guide to letting us know about a problem with AMO:

  1. Create a Bugzilla account. (NOTE: If you’re a longstanding Mozilla community member, you may already have one. Check first to make sure you aren’t already logged in when you visit the site.)
  2. Search for existing bugs. Looking for an existing bug is helpful to both you and us, because you’ll see any progress that’s been made in resolving your issue, and we won’t have to close your bug as a duplicate.
  3. File the bug. Select the best component, enter a brief summary, and describe the problem you’re having.

That’s it! Your new bug will be emailed to everyone that is interested in AMO development, and we’ll triage the bug and help sort it out.

Happy bug filing!

Tomorrow night at 7pm we’ll be hosting an Add-ons Meetup at Mozilla HQ in Mountain View, California. If you’re in the area and are interested in add-ons, RSVP and stop by!

We’ll have free BBQ and lots of good information for add-on developers. You can learn more at our meetup site.

As a kid, I was pretty good at the comics where two pictures were placed side-by-side and you were tasked with figuring out the slight differences between them. I came across today, a website for Google Chrome browser extensions that isn’t officially connected with Google. I noticed quite a few similarities between this site and a site I’ve worked on for a few years, I really do take it as a compliment that they liked our site enough to copy so much of it, but in the interest of fun, I’ll try to identify as many coincidences as I can.