Mozilla Hacks Weekly, May 31st 2012

Time again for some links we in Mozilla’s Developer Engagement Team would like you to see!

At the end of this blog post, you also have all the Developer Engagement team members and what they work on. If you are interested in discussing more, contributing or taking part of our work, don’t hesitate to contact us or follow us on Twitter!

Weekly links

If there is anything you think we should read or know about, don’t hesitate to post a comment, contact us on Twitter or through any other means.
The picks this week are:

The Developer Engagement team

Mozilla’s Developer Engagement team work with writing articles, documentation – such as MDN (Mozilla Developer Network) – public speaking and generally helping and informing about open technologies and Mozilla products. If you are interested in following our work, here are the team members:

Christian Heilmann

Christian is Mozilla’s Principal Evangelist and is working with HTML5, Open Web, BrowserID and Developer Tools in Firefox. He is also maintaining the @mozhacks account together with Robert Nyman.

Twitter: @codepo8

Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd

Eric is the Developer Documentation Lead for the MDN documentation and everything surrounding it.

Twitter: @sheppy

Havi Hoffman

Havi works with Mozilla Labs and WebFWD, and maintains the @mozlabs account.

Twitter: @freshelectrons.

Janet Swisher

Janet is working on MDN documentation and is organizing doc sprints to ensure we have premium quality on MDN.

Twitter: @jmswisher.

Jean-Yves Perrier

Jean-Yves is another one of our technical writers working on MDN documentation.

Twitter: @teoli2003.

Jeff Griffiths

Jeff is working with the Add-ons SDK (Jetpack).

Twitter: @canuckistani

Joe Stagner

Joe is working with Web Apps Developer Ecosystem & Partner Engagement, HTML5 and the Open Web.

Twitter: @MisfitGeek

John Karahalis

John is working on Dev Derby.

Twitter: @openjck

Rob Hawkes

Rob is working on HTML5 games and the Open Web.

Twitter: @robhawkes

Robert Nyman

Robert is working with HTML5, Open Web, Firefox, WebAPI and maintains the @mozhacks account.

Twitter: @robertnyman

Shezmeen Prasad

Shezmeen is working on everything regarding events, organization and connecting conferences with Mozilla speakers.

Stormy Peters

Stormy is the Team Lead for the Developer Engagement team. managing it and evaluating our objectives.

Twitter: @storming

Tristan Nitot

Tristan is our Mission Evangelist and is focusing on the bigger picture of Mozilla.

Twitter: @nitot

Will Bamberg

A picture of Will Bamberg Will is working on documentation for the Add-ons SDK (Jetpack).

About Robert Nyman [Editor emeritus]

Technical Evangelist & Editor of Mozilla Hacks. Gives talks & blogs about HTML5, JavaScript & the Open Web. Robert is a strong believer in HTML5 and the Open Web and has been working since 1999 with Front End development for the web - in Sweden and in New York City. He regularly also blogs at and loves to travel and meet people.

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  1. BlueMM

    Hi Robert,
    Can I kindly request that the Developer Engagement team bio’s are not added to the bottom of every Hacks Weekly? It shows up in a single column on Planet & via Google Reader (the main way I view). Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like marketing with no value & each post is way longer than it needs to be. Please keep it nice & concise
    BTW, I enjoy Hacks Weekly, a great way to keep up with Dev news.

    May 31st, 2012 at 20:03

    1. Robert Nyman


      Thanks, glad you like Hacks Weekly!
      We discussed the Developer Engagement bios last week, actually, and my reasons for having them in there.

      I’m open for suggestions, though, or if everyone don’t want them I’ll have to find another way.

      June 1st, 2012 at 00:46

  2. Maxime Chevalier-Boisvert

    The MIDI spec is to access devices using the MIDI protocol (e.g.: MIDI keyboards and live performance controllers, external synthesizers). This is *great* news, and definitely not a regresssion, as it will allow competitive music-editing apps in the browser.

    June 4th, 2012 at 10:09

  3. Robert Nyman


    Glad you are excited about it! And I agree that things making the web browser a better platform for music is welcome!

    June 4th, 2012 at 11:56

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