Mozilla Developer Day Bangalore, 27th February 2010

Mozilla along with Mahiti organised a Mozilla Developer Day at NIMS, Bangalore at JRD Tata Auditorium. For people who want to know about the event via tweets please check the hashtag #mozdevday on Twitter

Introduction

As per the schedule, the event was supposed to kick-start at 9:30AM in the morning. After getting up in the morning and beating all the traffic as travelling 33KMs, I finally reached NIAS Campus at 11AM. After getting the badges, feedback-form and other delegate stuff, I went inside the auditorium to see what’s cooking inside.

Web Standards

Speaker: Arun Ranganathan

When I entered Arun was speaking on Web Standards. I think I missed the drum-beat part of his presentation as I was late. Abhishek Mishra and Rohan Prabhu had reached at 10AM itself and were a part of the audience from the very beginning.

Arun gave us a presentation on

  • Geolocation based services for pictures.
  • Font-face support in Firefox and other HTML5 based controls.
  • API for drag-and-drop
  • 2D support in Firefox. He showed us a Mario kind of game made using Canvas.
  • 3D support in Firefox using WebGL
  • Accelerometer support for Firefox. He showed a game which we can play by tilting our devices (Mobile/Laptop)
  • Video support in Firefox using HTML5

Arun even showed us how powerful video tag is on Firefox. We can embed a text inside a video, or even a video inside a video. Don’t believe? Have a look at the page where Arun pointed us to visit

Web.Next

Speaker: Seth Bindernagel

Seth is the localisation Director at Mozilla. He was speaking on what we can expect next from Firefox. His presentation covered mainly:

  • Out of Process Plugins
  • Improved cold startup time
  • Personas
  • Extension Manager
  • Weave

Seth discussed a bit on how Flash crashed are a big headache for the web. The next Firefox will have these plugins running as separate processes, so that the crash effects can be isolated.

For people who actually want to see how Flash crashes on the browser and how easy it is to make Flash go bonkers, just visit this site http://flashcrash.dempsky.org/

Seth also gave a lot of time on Weave and how useful it can be for a person to sync his preferences on the cloud. For privacy fanatics, he explicitly stated that all the data is encrypted at client side and then sent on the Mozilla servers. People can even run their own Weave servers.

Mozilla Labs

Speaker: Ragavan Srinivasan

Ragavan came on the stage to  present Mozilla Labs and what all they develop apart from the browser. The products which come out of the lab are Weave, Bespin and Jetpack.

Broken Sites

Speaker: Arun Ranganathan

If you visit MS Ramiah Institute of Technology’s Student Information System or FYJC’s site using a non-IE browser, then you can experience the over-smartness of the super intellectual web-masters behind the site. FYJC takes the situation to extreme levels.

Arun explained how we are supposed to report these broken sites using Firefox itself or using Mozilla Bugzilla. When using bugzilla, the explanation needed to be very exhaustive. He even asked us to tag such reports with “India” so that Arun can personally hunt down such sites.

Hack Session

Speaker: Arun Ranganathan

Arun recorded a video using a camera. Then he transferred it to his MacBook which was in MP4 format. He created a small page using HTML5 video element and opened it in Firefox,Safari and Chrome. The video which was recorded showed up properly in Chrome and Safari and not in Firefox. This was posed as a question. Many hands went up, with the first answer being the correct one. Yes. Firefox wants the web to be free and doesn’t want to license proprietary codecs for the web.

The million dollar question remains – How to convert H.264 videos to open format. Arun introduced us to a Firefox Addon named Firefogg. This converts the video to ogg which can be now played using Firefox and Chrome. Safari doesn’t want to support ogg.

I know I made no reference to Mahiti’s speech and Praneesh’s too. The post would be just too long.

Finally I would like to thank Mahiti and CIS-India for organising the event, providing free WiFi and arranging Lunch, tea and T-shirts and badges.

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3 thoughts on “Mozilla Developer Day Bangalore, 27th February 2010

  1. He asked us to tag sites with ‘#india’ while reporting a broken site, not ‘India’.. nice post btw. Very informative.. cheers!

    @aswinms

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