[Update] The panel of experts and time of the first event have been added below.
Something amazing is starting next week. No, not pay day. It’s more important than that. Got it yet? No? It’s Ask MDN, silly! Still no idea what that is? Don’t worry, it’s new and I’m here to tell you all about it.
Introducing Ask MDN
Ask MDN is a new initiative from MDN and the Developer Engagement team here at Mozilla.
For one hour a week on Twitter we will get a panel of experts together to answer your questions about a specific topic related to Web development.
Every week we choose a different topic, which will be announced in advance so you have plenty of opportunity to send in a question for our experts (who also change each week).
After each week we will archive the questions and answers so you can search through them and continue learning long into the future. We see this as being just as valuable a resource for learning as the documentation is on MDN.
Engaging with the developer community on Twitter
We’re starting Ask MDN because we believe that there isn’t much help for developers on Twitter outside of questions and answers between friends.
With Ask MDN we want to bring together the developer community and our long-standing relationship with experts. We want to make it super easy to get a trusted and valued opinion on something that’s been bugging you, no matter how simple.
We’ll announce the next topic after the HTML5 gaming hour is over.
When and where?
We chose 6pm in the UK because it’s a time that the majority of the world will be able to access; it’s morning in the US, and evening in Europe. We appreciate that this isn’t perfect for everyone, but we haven’t gotten around to building a time machine just yet.
The first event will occur at the following times around the world:
- 10am in San Francisco (PDT)
- 1pm in New York (EDT)
- 7pm in Paris, Berlin and Madrid (CEST)
Find the time where you live to make sure you don’t miss out.
Who are the experts?
You don’t get a chance like this often, so make sure you submit a question to the panel.
Seb was recently interviewed as one of our People of HTML5.
Rob (@IsogenicEngine) is the developer behind Isogenic Engine, one of the most promising HTML5 gaming engines out there today.
Dominic (@phoboslab) is the developer behind the Impact HTML5 gaming engine, one of the most popular publicly-accessible engines out there right now.
Andreas (@andreasrosdal) is the developer behind Freeciv.net, which is a HTML5 version of the strategy game Freeciv.
Michal (@michalbe) is the developer behind onGameStart, the first large-scale HTML5 gaming conference in the world.
Benoit (@BenoitJacob) is a Software Developer here at Mozilla who works on graphics and WebGL. As a result of this he has in-depth knowledge about hardware acceleration in these kinds of environments.
It’s going to be a great experience so I encourage you to get involved by following @AskMDN on Twitter.
Got a topic that you want us to cover in a future Ask MDN hour? Send it as an @ reply on Twitter, or reply in the comments below.
Taking things forward
This is just the beginning. We have big plans for Ask MDN, but we won’t be able to do any of it without you.
Get involved today and help us make the Web a better place.
About Robin Hawkes
Robin thrives on solving problems through code. He's a Digital Tinkerer, Head of Developer Relations at Pusher, former Evangelist at Mozilla, book author, and a Brit.