“I Am Mozilla Web QA” – meet Justin Potts

Justin PottsWhat do you do at Mozilla?

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.

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“I Am Mozilla Web QA” – meet Justin Potts

First Release of Terml.io

Today, Terml.io was released, which was a huge milestone for me in my development career. Never before have I programmed something so large scale where I had to keep track of what I was developing, when I was going to push it, and finally when I release it to the public. I’m especially excited for this release because I believe that this service will help thousands of students everywhere with their education, helping them create quality definitions.

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First Release of Terml.io

Terml.io – My latest development project 

Note: This project was originally called “Terminator,” however when searching for domains, Terminator was unavailable so I bought Terml.io instead.

It’s been a while since I’ve actually coded something other that Mozilla -related things, but as of two days ago, I’m proud to announce my latest project: Terml.io. Terml.io finds definitions for flashcard style words a user types into a terms file and returns the definition and the term in a nifty little definitions file.

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Terml.io – My latest development project 

What Does Garblemasher Even Mean?

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.

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What Does Garblemasher Even Mean?

Mozilla 2015 Goals Becoming Reality

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.

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Mozilla 2015 Goals Becoming Reality

The Struggle of Teens Everywhere

It’s that time of year where juniors in high schools across the United States start taking the SAT, the ACT, thinking about where to apply for college, and thinking about their future that lies ahead. Many of us have the notion that a bright future only comes with a degree received from somewhere like UC Berkeley, Yale, Princeton, MIT, and so on… These are many teens’ ideas of how to get a great start into a world of competition and combat a dim outlook on the job market in the US. To most teens, these Ivy League and top tier schools look like they have everything you could ever need: A beautiful campus, a sterling reputation, not to mention the conspicuous alumni database of people like Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and wealthy investors right off the famous strip called Wall St. However, being the planner I am and my need to feel like I need to make sure every detail of my life is in order, I started researching these types of glorified institutions, and what I discovered was shocking.

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The Struggle of Teens Everywhere

Inside the Life of a New Contributor

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…

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Inside the Life of a New Contributor