Outreachy halftime(ish) update

It feels like yesterday that I started my Outreachy internship, but it was actually over 2 months ago! For the last couple of weeks I’ve been on Outreachy hiatus because of EuroPython, moving from Saarbrücken to Berlin, and my mentor being on vacation. Now I’m back, with 6 weeks left in my internship! So it seems like a good moment to check in and reflect on how things have been going so far, and what’s in store for the rest of my time as an Outreachyee.

Marionette, Act I: We’ve got Firefox on a string

As you may already know, I’m spending my summer interning with Mozilla’s Enginering Productivity team through the Outreachy program. Specifically, the project I’m working on is called Test-driven Refactoring of Marionette’s Python Test Runner. But what exactly does that mean? What is Marionette, and what does it have to do with testing?

In this two-part series, I’d like to share a bit of what I’ve learned about the Marionette project, and how its various components help us test Firefox by allowing us to automatically control the browser from within. Today, in Act I, I’ll give an overview of how the Marionette server and client make the browser our puppet. Later on, in Act II, I’ll describe how the Marionette test harness and runner make automated testing a breeze, and let you in on the work I’m doing on the Marionette test runner for my internship.

And since we’re talking about puppets, you can bet there’s going to be a hell of a lot of Being John Malkovich references. Consider yourself warned!

Mozilla London All Hands 2016

Last week, all of Mozilla met in London for a whirlwind tour from TARDIS to TaskCluster, from BBC1 to e10s, from Regent Park to the release train, from Paddington to Positron. As an Outreachy intern, I felt incredibly lucky to be part of this event, which gave me a chance to get to know Mozilla, my team, and the other interns much better. It was a jam-packed work week of talks, meetings, team events, pubs, and parties, and it would be impossible to blog about all of the fun, fascinating, and foxy things I learned and did. But I can at least give you some of the highlights! Or, should I say, Who-lights? (Be warned, that is not the last pun you will encounter here today.)