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October 30th, 2012

Weekly Status Report, W43/2012

Here's a short summary of Mozilla-related work I've done in week 43/2012 (October 22 - 28, 2012):
  • CSI:Mozilla / CrashKill:
    Filed a bug on an extreme spike in Flash crashes this week, apparently related to Zynga games.
    Also filed another bug on another aggregation data backfill needed in Socorro due to another late metrics data push.
    Monitored tracking+ crash bugs for 17, so we get the best stability we can in this release.
    Kept following the developments in B2G crash reporting, things seem to be moving forward nicely now.
    Did some maintenance on my custom reports.
    As usual, watched new/rising crashes, caring that bugs are filed where needed, and made sure my custom reports keep working well.
  • German L10ns:
    Reviewed Firefox mobile and desktop localizations for the 18 cycle, and more Firefox OS strings.
    Tried fixing a hard to understand phrase in German SeaMonkey and fixed another small bug there as well.
    Checked in the sandstone theme for planet.mozilla.de - thanks to Jan for putting it together!
  • Themes:
    Put some more finishing touches on the 2.14 version of my themes, esp. LCARStrek adaptiations for Social API support in Firefox.
  • Web Apps:
    Worked on some improvements esp. for the Mandelbrot app, so it can save prefs (still need to figure out loading them in a quasi-sync mode) and have more of the settings the add-on version also has. Also started off the DB I'll need for bookmarks, even if there's no implementation of bookmarks yet.
  • Various Discussions/Topics:
    B2G testing, B2G geolocation, platform meeting format, etc.

When working on the Mandelbrot app for a bit on Sunday, I found again that appCache is tricky to use when it comes to updating. On my mobile devices, I apparently ended up with the app only being partially updated to the new version. I guess I need to dig deeper on how to make this work smoothly...

By KaiRo, at 21:50 | Tags: L10n, Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Status | no comments | TrackBack: 0

October 25th, 2012

Weekly Status Report, W42/2012

Here's a short summary of Mozilla-related work I've done in week 42/2012 (October 15 - 21, 2012):
  • CSI:Mozilla / CrashKill:
    Went through all the tracking+ crash bugs for 17, 18 and 19 that are not fixed in those "trains" right now, and cared that they are updated and patches get uplifted where possible.
    Kept tracking B2G crash reporting, the things we need are all moving forward right now.
    Tested reporting of content crashes from B2G phones.
    Did some small patches to keep my custom reports working well.
    Had some discussions on possible Socorro improvements.
    Filed a bug on better signatures for aborts.
    As usual, watched new/rising crashes, caring that bugs are filed where needed, and made sure my custom reports keep working well.
  • Various Discussions/Topics:
    B2G testing, Italy workshop, plugin crashes and URLs, Linux OMTC, click-to-play blocklisting, web app submissions, B2G L10n, etc.

I spent this weekend in Torino, Italy, for a workshop with students, and held a session there on how we go for measuring stability and investigating crashes. I wonder how many such sessions it takes to get more people to help us there. It's not hard to get in, but monitoring reports might sound tedious - but when you find a problem and it actually gets solved because of that before it hits too many users, it's a good feeling that you saved people out there from problems! :)

By KaiRo, at 16:09 | Tags: L10n, Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Status | no comments | TrackBack: 0

October 19th, 2012

Weekly Status Report, W41/2012

Here's a short summary of Mozilla-related work I've done in week 41/2012 (October 8 - 14, 2012):
  • CSI:Mozilla / CrashKill:
    I created another patch for updating correlation versions and pushed for getting it shipped in the same week to fit the Firefox code uplifts.
    Filed a bug for backfilling Socorro data once again after a late ADU push.
    Again more talk and driving to move B2G crash reporting forward on multiple fronts, a number of pieces did, completing what we need for v1 is now underway.
    Added display and linking of tracking bugs to the arewestableyet.com dashboard.
    Made my report somewhat more robust against errors.
    As usual, watched new/rising crashes, caring that bugs are filed where needed, and made sure my custom reports keep working well.
  • German L10n:
    Synched Nightly and Aurora for the 18 channel.
  • Various Discussions/Topics:
    OMTC for Linux, All kinds of B2G testing, Italy workshop, etc.

My status reports will probably be pretty short in the next weeks, if I am even able to do them. There's a lot on my plate right now, and taking care of stability of our products is quite time-consuming, even more so now that we are getting ready to introducing yet another product with Firefox OS. :)

By KaiRo, at 01:33 | Tags: L10n, Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Status | no comments | TrackBack: 0

October 9th, 2012

Weekly Status Report, W40/2012

Here's a short summary of Mozilla-related work I've done in week 40/2012 (October 1 - 7, 2012):
  • CSI:Mozilla / CrashKill:
    More talk and driving to move B2G crash reporting forward on multiple fronts: crash annotations, content crash reporting, UX implementation, about:crashes.
    Started following bugs on making B2G use less memory, which reduces the probability of out-of-memory crashes.
    Tracking stability of Firefox 16 for desktop and Android in preparation of the release.
    Following the progress and fix to the large crash issue we had on CyanogenMod 10.
    Tried to push for a fix for wrong daily crash numbers for Android on Socorro.
    Switched arewestableyet.com dashboard to displaying Flash crashes and hangs per 100 ADU.
    As usual, watched new/rising crashes, caring that bugs are filed where needed, and made sure my custom reports keep working well.
  • German L10n:
    Reviewed Firefox for Android 17 L10n, some fixes for de as well as a first German Firefox OS L10n.
    Updated suite and core L10n on trunk in preparation of the uplift to Aurora.
    Updated the German dictionary add-ons to be installable without a Firefox restart and incorporate the newest upstream dictionary files.
  • Web Apps:
    Added OpenGeoServer Aerial layer to Lantea Maps, corrected the copyright notices for multiple layers, and added DOM full screen support to that app.
  • Themes:
    Put some finishing touches on the 2.13 versions of EarlyBlue and LCARStrek, matching the Mozilla 16 train, and uploaded those. They're waiting for AMO approval now.
  • Various Discussions/Topics:
    OMTC for Linux, icon sizes on Gaia, Flash stability, Vidyo stability, Italy workshop, etc.

It's probably quite visible in my updates that B2G / Firefox OS has become a much larger focus in my work recently, as it's moving from a feature work into a performance improvement and stabilization phase. The crash reporting UX is probably right at the borderline of that, as it's technically feature work, but needed as a large help for improving stability. I'm also testing the system a lot, with the default apps including the browser as well as my own apps, most importantly Lantea Maps, where it find it most annoying that I currently cannot save anything from the app to a file on the phone, so though I can record GPS tracks, I need to throw them away afterwards. I'll need to find a solution there.
That said, the system is shaping up nicely for a first edition geared towards a low-end smartphone market. I hope it will be successful in that setting, as it will only show its full power once we have that step behind us and can move to devices with more resources in addition to the low-end ones. :)

By KaiRo, at 22:14 | Tags: L10n, Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Status | 2 comments | TrackBack: 0

October 3rd, 2012

Weekly Status Report, W39/2012

Here's a short summary of Mozilla-related work I've done in week 39/2012 (September 24 - 30, 2012):
  • CSI:Mozilla / CrashKill:
    Sending Gecko crashes on B2G now works in a first stage! I submitted a few crashes myself in testing the system. :)
    I continued to talk with people about getting further steps (see tracking bug), including a discussion with dbolter, who is helping with driving this.
    Had some discussions on wireframes for the B2G crash reporting UI.
    Discussed crash annotations for B2G with Hub.
    Filed a bug on missing Socorro data one day.
    Also filed bugs on enablid "by build date" reports for Android and about missing aggregated data on recent Nightly crashes for Android in some views.
    Removed some outdated versions from my reports, including most of Fennec XUL.
    Also created some commandline overrides so I can regenerate data for reports more easily.
    As usual, watched new/rising crashes, caring that bugs are filed where needed, and made sure my custom reports keep working well.
  • German L10n:
    Done some reviews for German L10n work.
    Synched core, suite and Chatzilla L10n with trunk.
  • Web Apps:
    Added a TODO for Lantea Maps so both myself and potential contributors know what needs to be worked on.
  • Various Discussions/Topics:
    B2G Geolocation problems (now solved), B2G crashes when setting wallpaper, etc.

A lot of my time right now goes into various B2G discussions as well as testing the system on my device. That takes away time from e.g. writing those weekly updates, but OTOH help making Firefox OS much better once we ship it - and even if we're scrambling to make our deadlines, I think it's shaping up nicely and the final product will rock! :)

By KaiRo, at 19:09 | Tags: L10n, Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Status | no comments | TrackBack: 0

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