350 posts on Hacks in 2 years!

Two years ago, we made a number of changes to the Mozilla Hacks blog. Since then we’ve had over three million unique visitors and 350 quality posts in just less than two years – almost one every second day!

Part of these changes included:

  • A clear focus on learning about the Open Web & open source – more detail in What Mozilla Hacks is
  • A dedicated Editor, me, working with ensuring consistency, quality & versatility of the articles
  • Articles covering both interesting technologies and possibilities but also learning lessons of how to build exciting solutions and work with a number of different technical opportunities
  • To be a credible and independent go-to resource for developers


I’ve gathered a few testimonials from authors behind the most popular articles during this time, with their experiences writing for Mozilla Hacks.

And you know what? You could write for Hacks too!

If you have experience with a great solution or idea for the Open Web/open source, just let me know and Mozilla can help you share it with a lot of developers out there! Send an e-mail to robert [at] mozilla [dot] com or talk to me via @robertnyman on Twitter and we’ll talk!

Here are the thoughts from Peter Cooper of HTML5 Weekly & JavaScript Weekly, Dave Camp, Director of Firefox Developer Tools and Thorben Bochenek from Opera on writing for Mozilla Hacks.

Austin Hallock from Clay.io:

My co-founder Zoli and I have both written articles for Mozilla Hacks and we agree that it was a very worthwhile experience. The process of getting our posts on the site was easy and both articles generated more response than we expected. Mozilla has a fantastic mission, and the Mozilla Hacks blog is a great extension of that.

Their articles:

Also, thanks to the authors on Mozilla Hacks for their great contributions! And those in that page are only authors with 2 posts and more – in total we have 230 authors all time who have published a post on Hacks!

Most popular content

During these two years, these are the most popular posts, written by Mozilla staff:

The most popular posts, written by 3rd party developers/writers:

Read & write

If you like our articles, please spread the word about them! Ask your friends to read too and follow @mozhacks on Twitter for the latest articles and announcements.

And if you have experiences and learnings to share, let us know and help you with sharing that knowledge!

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 http://robertnyman.com and loves to travel and meet people.

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  1. pd

    Congratulations! It’s been good to see Mozilla doing more for, well, you know – the people who actually create the open web! I see endless “maker” and “badges” posts on Planet Mozilla but very rarely anything that is actually relevant to web developers, which just seems wrong. It’s good that Hacks has started to fill that obvious gaping hole.

    On the other hand, whilst quality is critical of course, 350 articles in 2 years is less than 1 every 2 days. I’m hungry for more! In particular, more coverage of Firebug would be good instead of the more-frequent “look, Developer Tools has re-written another piece of the Firebug wheel”. Also, updates on how developer-friendly, but incomplete, resources are progressing. There’s lots of MDN articles which is great, but maybe a few updates on how that cross-browser, multiple-vendor open web documentation project is going? Can’t remember the name of it but I think it was an attempt to rewrite or improve upon http://caniuse.com/

    I’d also love more articles about the progress of new standards. I think Hacks would be a better place for this than Google Groups, email lists or wherever discussion of standards development presumably currently takes place. Perhaps a “Last month in web standards” regular article?

    I think it would be great to use the combined knowledge of all Hacks contributors to highlight the best of the third party libraries out there. Hacks is less relevant to everyday developers if it focuses too narrowly on cutting-edge features just rolled out in browser A or B when C doesn’t plan to support it for years, if ever. Instead, the most relevant tools for present day, active developers, are probably the compatibility-layer, cross-browser enabling tools like jQuery. For example, who wants to waste time, now and in the future, using libraries that aren’t likely to stay the course over time? Imagine you needed to go back to change a site that was written with Prototype/Scriptaculous now, when jQuery and perhaps MooTools pretty much won the critical mass race when it comes to compatibility libraries, and you’ve now forgotten all your Prototype/Scriptaculous foo. Of course it’s hard to predict the future but could you give it your best shot so us developers don’t end up going down a ‘legacy’ path?

    Just a few ideas. Keep up the great work!

    October 2nd, 2014 at 02:51

    1. Robert Nyman [Editor]

      Thanks for the kind words about Hacks!

      On Developer Tools, the built-in Developer Tools in Firefox is what I’d recommend focusing on. If Firebug works for you, great, but it’s not the major objective for our Engineering team.

      On MDN and creating resources, I definitely agree. When we have enough progress that it’s worth sharing, we will do so.

      The new standards idea is good! I’ve been thinking on focusing more on what we implement in Firefox/Gecko, feature-wise, and hopefully with a good connection to standards.

      When it comes to compatibility, across-the-board support, we do cover that to some degree here on Hacks, but MDN and other possible resources that will come might be better suited for a more extensive overview and information of just that.

      Thanks for reading!

      October 2nd, 2014 at 06:01

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