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Retiring AMO’s Landfill

A few years ago we deployed a landfill for AMO – a place where people could play around with the site without affecting our production install and developers could easily get some data to import into their local development environment. I think the idea was sound (it was modeled after Bugzilla’s landfill) and it was […]

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Marketplace Update for Q2

Every quarter the apps team gets together to meet people and talk about all the pieces of the projects. This quarter we’re doing a little different format which I think will turn out to be a lot more social and hopefully keep things interesting. As part of the project I put together this short video […]

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Improving our process; part 2: Public Priorities

Part 1: Identifying Priorities As promised, there is now a public view of upcoming work on the Firefox Marketplace. This dashboard shows a rough representation of our thought process when we evaluated each project using the criteria from Part 1. If you hover over the titles there are also some helpful descriptions and questions we […]

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Ten years of addons.mozilla.org

Ten years ago, Ben Smedberg and Wolf landed the first version of the code that would make up AMO. At the end of 2004 it was still called update.mozilla.org, written in PHP, and was just over 200k, compressed. Behold the home page of update.mozilla.org. This moved through, I think, 1 major revision “update-beta” which added […]

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Improving our process; Part 1: Identifying Priorities

One of our stress points is juggling too many projects. It’s easy to hear ideas pitched from excited people and agree that we should do them, but it’s hard to balance that with all the other commitments we’ve already made. At some point we have too many “top priority” projects and people are scrambling to […]

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Splitting AMO and the Marketplace

Years ago someone asked me what the fastest way to stand up an App Marketplace was. After considering that we already had several Add-on Types in AMO I replied that it would be to create another Add-on Type for apps, use the AMO infrastructure as a foundation for logins/reviews/etc. and do whatever minor visual tweaks […]

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Some new Marketplace dashboards

Cross posting from a mailing list: I’m pleased to present a couple of dashboards I made over the break for the Marketplace. Behold: 1) How many bugs were closed this week? https://metaplace.paas.allizom.org/bugskiosk/ I actually had the code for that one already laying around, so that was just to see if Andy was taking pull requests […]

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2013 Q3 Accomplishments

The end of September was the same as every quarter lately – a whirlwind of summaries and demonstrations. I gave several presentations on what the Marketplace, SUMO, and Input teams did but I didn’t post anything on this [neglected] blog. It’s my party and I like to emphasize demos and screenshots over text so I’m […]

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Small teams and the Marketplace workflow

Towards the end of last year my routine was to find a weeks worth of bugs for each Marketplace developer, assign what I thought they could do in a week, and then meet with the person individually to talk about them and make sure we both thought it was a reasonable amount and the priorities […]

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The sunset of getpersonas.com

Over four years ago getpersonas.com was built as a gallery to hold Personas – easy to make and use themes for Firefox. A lot of programs were supporting skins at the time, but I don’t know of any which were so simple (literally, move your mouse over an image on a webpage and it’s applied). […]

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