Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 19:07:02 -0700
From: Gervase Markham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Mozilla Bug Week - October 27th to November 4th.
Mozilla Bug Week
[ For more information, contact: Gervase Markham <email@example.com> ]
Do you run Mozilla? Is there something about Mozilla that bugs you? Do
you have an itch you want to scratch?
From Saturday October 27th to Sunday November 4th, mozilla.org will be
running a "Bug Week". Experienced Mozilla hackers will be available to
help anyone who wants to get involved with the Mozilla code. Engineers
from companies using Mozilla or Mozilla technologies, interested
onlookers, and those who are involved with the project, but have never
hacked on the code, are all welcome to come along and get their feet wet.
You'll be shown round our world-class web-based tools (Bugzilla, Bonsai,
Tinderbox, LXR), and led through all the steps between discovering a
problem and having your patch checked in to the Mozilla source tree.
After checkin, those fixes and features will be appreciated by an
audience of millions in Mozilla derivative products.
Not Just For Hardcore Hackers
Mozilla's user interface is written in web technlogies - defined in XUL
with Cascading Style Sheets. This means it can be understood, and hacked
on, by anyone who understands HTML/XML, JS and Style Sheets. mozilla.org
has recently developed technology to allow fixes to be made to Mozilla's
UI without the need to compile Mozilla - all you need is a
self-installing nightly build. This widens the field of potential
contributors to everyone who's ever made a decent web page.
So, if you have thought about getting involved in a free software
project, but it all seemed to complicated or difficult, here's your chance.
On the other hand, if you want to check the entire source tree out from
CVS, compile the embedding test harness, and go into deep hack mode on
Mozilla's C++ core, we'll help you do that too.
Bug Week will be happening on IRC: irc://irc.mozilla.org:6667/#bugweek .
Mozilla's nightly builds even include a chat client, ChatZilla, to make
it even easier to participate. Look for people whose nicks begin with
"BW_". We hope to have people there most of the time, although the help
may be concentrated when the US West Coast or Europe is awake.
For more information, contact Gervase Markham,
(firstname.lastname@example.org). If you plan to attend at some point, please
let him know what you are expecting to get out of the week, so he can be
sure it's provided. :-)
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