Firefox OS App Day
Vancouver’s event was hosted at The Hive, and included some really great talks (which were worth the trip on their own), including Angelina Fabbro , Allen Pike and John Boxall. My mobile development experience has been limited to tinkering, and so it was with great excitement that I found myself learning responsive design and performance best practices for mobile.
We spent the better part of the afternoon hacking away, and the first thought was how super-easy it was to get going. Basically having the Firefox OS Simulator add-on and following a few instructions we were all up and hacking on a sample pretty quickly.
I mean seriously SO EASY. I didn’t come with a project planned, and so Googled for a random JS library to test out, and found fabric.js and this demo. As a parent… I download a lot of apps for kids , with bubbles that pop, and other random effects and so my focus was on something the kids would like. I wish I could linked to the finished project, but it’s not done yet! I will share when I have it , but suffice to say it was fun and I got it. Web developers with and without mobile experience will GET Firefox OS development. It’s the web.
I wasn’t able to stay for demos, given the long trip home but I would say overall it was a great experience. The only unsettling thing about Firefox OS days was the almost complete absence of women, I would say there were about 50 developers in attendance – with only 2 women (of course a 3rd was rocking the speakers podium, but still….) Why is that? Where are the women? There is a side-conversation in Mozilla Reps channel about making events more friendly for women – including minimally having women’s T-shirts (which was a complaint on OS days from from a non-mozilla IRC). It seems to me, that at least *appearing* to expect women at our tech events, is a good way to encourage them (Actually the Drupal community has done a great job recently in this area). Basically missing women = missing contributors.
In the meantime – my husband has another groovy Mozilla T-shirt!
Anyway aside from finishing the stick-man project, my goals around this will (obviously) be teaching app making to youth, probably demo at our local Webmaker group in the near future and just be a fan-girl of the whole FireFox OS thing, because it’s going to change everything.