Since I endured the data-loss yesterday while running the tests, I have run into another issue. What can I say? Curiosity kills the cat. Or, in this case, the build that’s vital to logging my usage and activity for the program.
I am honored to be part of the Foxfooding program, by Mozilla. This is a program that allows employees and contributors to test drive a Firefox OS device. The catch is that you have to use the device daily. Now, it doesn’t say you have to use it as your primary device with SIM card and the works, but I decided to be adventurous, and given I wanted to work closely with the Firefox OS team next summer, I decided why not.
It’s been two weeks since my summer ended with Mozilla, and I can’t say it’s been easy to take a break. I’ve spent so much time with the team, from attending the work week in Whistler, to chatting with them on IRC. I had a blast working with Dave Hunt on my project, and learned a lot more about test automation, QA, and web development.
Last Friday marked the end of Mozilla’s 2015 mid-year work week and I have to say, it was one of the best one’s I’ve ever attended. I’ve only attended one other workweek (Portland, December 2014), but it’s been awesome. Before I go into the details, I want to applaud Mozilla on their exceptional effort to involve community in events like this. Never in a million years would I have imagined myself sitting in meetings and attending sessions with a team at such an amazing company, and the fact that I, a 17-year-old contributor, am able to attend such events. I would also like to thank everyone involved in organizing and planning this event. It ran so smoothly, and was very enjoyable, for me at least.
This coming week I’m traveling to Whister, British Columbia for a Mozilla event. The week after that I’m going on a cruise to Alaska with my family. Then I’m off to drumline camp at my school, followed by the start of full marching band camp. Combined with volunteering at Mozilla and completing summer projects, my free time is dwindling fast, and inversely, my stress levels are rising. The simple solution is to do less things, which is why (after being coerced by my parents), I will be halting development on Terml.io for a little over a month, and it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.
I am a core contributor for the Web QA team. According to the Mozilla wiki, this means that I “have made major contributions to support the mission through their contributions of time and skill. They give Mozilla reach in terms of scope, geography and influence far beyond what could be achieved through directly staffing an organization.” I work on everything, from automation to manual testing, and this summer will be spending my time on switching our test framework from Selenium to Marionette.
A lot of people have asked me what the title of my blog means, and it’s kind of a simple explanation. But first, a brief history. During Summer 2014, I decided I would spend a lot of time with Mozilla. After getting a job at a tutoring company, I had to quit because it was not compatible with my marching band schedule. The problem was how I was going to pay for my car insurance and gas, so my parents offered me a “sponsored internship.” I was to put in at least 15 hours a week throughout the summer, volunteering with Mozilla.
During the work week in Portland and in various meetings before the New Year’s, the QA team came up with some goals in mind that we wanted to achieve throughout 2015. I want to touch on one of those goals in this post – engagement of new community members.
This is a blog post that appeared a while back on quality.mozilla.org, which was the main page of Mozilla’s QA efforts. I wrote this during the summer when I was considered a “sponsored intern,” working 15-30 hours a week on Web QA related work with Mozilla, in exchange for my parents to pay for my car insurance and gas. I thought it would make a nice first post, as a view into the past of who I was, and where I am today, as a core contributor to various projects including Mozillians, Webmaker, and learning the ropes of Firefox OS QA. So without further delay, my first blog post ever written…