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.
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.
Every day I hear another story on the news of a drone launch gone bad, or a drone being used for amazing purposes, so I thought I would give some insight on how I feel about the growing technology and its potential uses.
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.
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.
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…