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=Dive Into Mozilla Development: a one week crash course=


Mozilla, creator of the popular Firefox web browser, is one of the largest collaborative open source projects in the world. Working on Mozilla is challenging, fun, and one of the best ways to gain real-world development experience. Getting involved with Mozilla means learning new skills, meeting new people, and having the opportunity to work on global software products with tens of millions of users. However, as exciting as it is, getting started can be intimidating and overwhelming—Mozilla has millions of lines of source code. This course will give you the knowledge you need to start building Firefox extensions by introducing you to the following topics:

==Topic List by Day==

'''Monday''' - [[Dive into Mozilla Day 1|Introduction to Open Source and Mozilla]]
* What is Open Source?
* What is the Mozilla Project?
* The Mozilla developer community and its practices
* Mozilla Platform and Technology overview
* Using IRC to communicate with other Mozilla developers around the world
* Using Mozilla’s collaborative documentation tools (wikis, wiki markup)

'''Tuesday''' - [[Dive into Mozilla Day 2|Building Mozilla from Source]]
* More IRC
* The Mozilla Build Process and Build System
* Using Revision Control Systems (CVS and SVN)
* Introduction to make and writing Makefiles
* Building Mozilla from source code

'''Wednesday''' - Developing Mozilla
* Using developer tools (e.g., diff, patch, etc.)
* Using Mozilla webtools (OpenGROK/LXR, Bonsai, Bugzilla, Pastebin)
* Finding your way around in the Mozilla source tree
* Introduction to XPCOM Components
* Writing your first XPCOM Component in C++

'''Thursday''' - Debugging and Testing
* Finishing your first XPCOM Component
* Learning how to debug Mozilla (C/C++ and JavaScript)
* Strategies for Testing XPCOM Components (e.g., xpcshell unit tests)
* Bugs, Bugzilla, Testing, and QA
* Bug Triage, methods of manual testing

'''Friday''' - Firefox Extensions
* XUL and Javascript Firefox Extensions
* Writing your first XUL/JS Extension
* Combining your XPCOM and XUL Extension
* XULRunner and application deployment


Free for School of Computer Studies students and Seneca faculty/staff


It is assumed that those taking the course already have some knowledge of programming (e.g., C/C++, JavaScript), but enthusiasm is more important than experience. There will be no tests and no exam, only hands-on opportunities to learn. Upon completion of the course you will have an excellent sense of the Mozilla project and its community, practices, tools, and opportunities.


Classes will run from '''Monday February 26''' to '''Friday March 2, 2007''', '''10:00 am – 4:00 pm''' (one hour break for lunch).


Seneca@York campus room '''S1206'''


'''Registration is now closed!'''

Computer Studies students please register by sending an email from your learn account to Daman Panesar. Please include your student number. Faculty and staff please email David Humphrey

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