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Mozilla related things, most likely Thunderbird.

teaser: Rich contextual information for Thunderbird mozmill failures

Sometimes Thunderbird mozmill unit tests fail.  When they do, it’s frequently a mystery.  My logsploder work helped reduce the mystery for my local mozmill test runs, but did nothing for tinderbox runs or developers without tool fever.  Thanks to recent renewed activity on the Thunderbird front-end, this has become more of a problem and so […]

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teaser: code completion in skywriter/ code editor using jstut and narcissus

I’ve hooked up jstut’s (formerly narscribblus‘) narcissus-based parser and jsctags-based abstract interpreter up to the code editor (ace, to be the basis for skywriter, the renamed and somewhat rewritten bespin).  Ace’s built-in syntax highlighters are based on the somewhat traditional regex-based state machine pattern and have no deep understanding of JS.  The tokenizers have […]

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Thunderbuddy: Weave-synchronized Thunderbird contacts on Android

I got my first modern Android phone at the end of last week and I figured it would be a good idea to get over the activation energy hump so it’s easy to do incremental mozilla hacking on it.  Thanks to a lot of work by other people, this turned out to be pretty easy.  […]

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Documentation for complex things (you don’t basically already understand)

The Problem One of my focuses at MoMo is to improve the plight of Thunderbird extension developers.  An important aspect of this is improving the platform they are exposed to.  Any platform usually entails a fair amount of complexity.  The trick is that you only pay for the things that are new-to-you, learning-wise. The ‘web’ […]

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understanding where layout goes wrong with gecko reflow debug logs (Part 1)

HTML and CSS provide awesome layout potential, but harnessing that potential to do your bidding can sometimes be problematic.  I suspect all people who have written HTML documents have been in a situation where they have randomly permuted the document structure and CSS of something that should work in the hopes of evolving it into […]

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Thunderbird Quick Filter Bar extensions, they’re a thing!

The previously discussed Quick Filter Bar interface landed in time for Thunderbird (Lanikai) 3.1 beta 2 (whose release is real-soon-now).  Although the Quick Filter Bar already contains dangerously high levels of awesome, we made sure to make it extensible so you can cram even more awesome in. As an example, I have created an extension […]

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work-in-progress tooling: feeding GWT SpeedTracer systemtapped mozilla performance data

Now that Thunderbird 3.1 is string/feature-frozen it’s time to focus on performance.  This post is just to make sure that people who are also working on similar things know what I’m up to.  For example, there’s some very exciting work going on involving adding a startup timeline to mozilla-central that everyone keeping up-to-date with mozilla […]

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a systemtap script to attribute JS string memory costs to the creating JS functions

—– js_GC data pages: 96731 total vm pages: 234849 ### KiB 11376 839 BF_format log4moz.j:487 15906 725 mime_emitter_writeBody jsmimeemitter.j:381 148 576 MimeMessage_coerceBodyToPlaintext mimemsg.j:341 4460 492 gloda_ds_queryFromQuery datastore.j:2988 9655 387 <MYSTERIOUS> <BEYOND THE VEIL>:0 911 237 gloda_content_quoted connotent.j:267 1723 144 gloda_indexMessage index_msg.j:2597 187 141 gloda_content_content connotent.j:290 170 108 gloda_content_getContent connotent.j:166 1917 73 gloda_identity_toString datamodel.j:785 1775 69 […]


performance annotated SQLite EXPLAINation visualizations using systemtap

For the Thunderbird 3.1 release cycle we are not just fixing UX problems but also resolving various performance issues.  Building on my previous work on a visualization of SQLite opcode control flow graphs using graphviz I give you… the same thing!  But updated to more recent versions of SQLite and integrating performance information retrieved through […]

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who is starring Firefox tinderbox failures and how long before they do?

Using the accumulated data in my CouchDB instance about the Firefox tinderbox and Protovis, we can see how long it takes before a testfailed/busted build gets starred and who stars it.  The horizontal axis is the number of minutes between the end of the build and when it gets starred.  If someone stars the build […]

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