Rant alert. Honestly, I am tired of seeing non-technical people at tech conferences and workshops, especially across Mozilla. They linger around, not knowing what to do, not knowing why they are there and not knowing understanding a thing that the speakers are trying to convey. These category of people have nowadays become too common in Mozilla’s workshops across Indian engineering colleges. Lack of infrastructure is not the only culprit as I had noted before.
This rant is supposed to be read in the context of hackathons, particularly Mozilla hackathons in India, where the expected audiences are developers with playful cleverness, those who can be termed as hackers.
We need some filtering, some way of ensuring only tech audiences are part of these workshops. And the responsibility of ensuring this rests largely with the organizers who invite Mozilla to conduct workshops or present tech sessions at their colleges or universities. But this cannot happen without enforcing some strict set of conditions and rules without which Mozilla would not visit those institutions.
This is a call-to-action to the Mozilla India community to gear up and prepare specifications (which is already cooking) which would ensure base level quality of the workshops we conduct. This will in turn ensure that we get some output out of our efforts. Continue reading
In an entirely unexpected turn of events, I ended up presenting to a gathering of over 700 people at a Mozilla event today. The event, titled “MozBoot Camp“, was organized as part of Kshitij, the IIT Kharagpur techfest. Initially, we had hoped to have around 70-80 participants, but later on it turned out that there are way more people interested to attend a Mozilla Session.
Our workshop was actually planned to be conducted in a lab at the Computer Science and Engineering building, which had a capacity of 120 seats. But due to popular demand, it had to be moved to an auditorium with a capacity of around 900 people! And that was because all the people who were left out, were practically rebelling to getin! The enthusiasm was at its extreme! Continue reading
The past couple of weeks have been a blur for me. It started with a FirefoxOS AppDay at Vizag last week, followed by another FirefoxOS AppDay and MDN sprints at Kolkata this week. The challenges we faced at both of these events made us reconsider the way we organize events in partnership with local organizers. Here is a brief sum up of what we faced and what possible solutions we propose. Continue reading
Last week we did a major infrastructural and architectural change on the FusionCharts blog. We finished the whole thing in a hackathon! The hackathon aimed at finding the key culprits causing performance issues and fixing them in a span of 48 hours. How cool can it be if you work in a company that organizes such code sprints time and again! I love this attitude Continue reading
Over the last two days, Bhubaneswar witnessed the first Mozilla event in the city. A huge thank you to College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar, for hosting this event and the four of us from Mozilla. A special thanks to Tarashish Mishra for his idea, efforts and enthusiasm in organizing this event in his college. We learnt a lot and tried to give our best to spread the love for Mozilla and open-source, and we made a number of new friends who would love to be a part of the Mozilla mission. Continue reading
CSS variables just landed in Firefox 29 (Nightly) a few days back. This exciting new addition to the CSS specifications is all set to change the perception of CSS as a static language for defining style sheets. The formal W3C specification driving this feature is called CSS Custom Properties, aka, CSS variables, and is currently in the stage of “Working Draft”. Currently, there is no known support for this in browsers apart from the latest builds of Firefox. Let us quickly check what this is all about. Continue reading
The last month has been a big change in my life and in my career. I was hired as a Developer Evangelist at FusionCharts. It had been a quick interview, followed by a quick shift from Kolkata to Bangalore. The most interesting part of the whole deal was that I came to know about Developer Evangelism just a couple of months back. I had the good fortune of learning it from one of the leaders in the field, Christian Heilmann himself. The training showed me that I had the potential of being a bridge between developers, marketing and the world outside. This is the story of a birth of a Developer Evangelist. Continue reading
Today I introduced a bunch of people to Firefox DevTools at the FSMK Sunday School. The Sunday School is a weekly event organised by the Free Software Movement Karnataka in Bangalore every Sunday. I covered most of the features of DevTools, apart from the profiler. I had the opportunity to discuss in depth on each of the tools given that I had around 2 hours of time. Continue reading
Nearly two years have passed since CodeBinders was formed. CodeBinders turns two this December. These two years have been full of wonderful experiences and useful lessons. What started off as a consultancy firm has now gathered the impetus to invest in more productive ideas and quality research. CodeBinders is now brave enough to shed its old image and give full time to product development. As our partner in crime, we are in talks with other organizations who are ready to put in their minds and hands to something innovative, something new, in collaboration with us. Continue reading
The 2nd day of GDG Devfest Kolkata 2013 saw a highly compact version of Firefox OS AppDay, aka, “AppDay in a Box“. This was the first event of its kind in Kolkata, and thanks to Jaipradeesh, we pulled off a really good show! There were about 32 participants, most of whom actively interacted during the sessions. Continue reading