One of the best parts of my job is that I get to work with an awesome group of smart and passionate people. We’ve grown a bit in the front end development realm, and I’ve been remiss in not introducing the new people who’ve joined up to form the core of an actual front end team. Soon I hope to see all of them blogging and syndicated to planet, but in the meantime, meet some of the new team!
Rob’s actually been with MoCo since early December, and has been a strong hacker on the project for a lot longer than that. He’s been beating the extension manager with a pretty large stick, and in between whackings, is working on integrating a new NSIS-based installer into our build system. He’s older, wiser, and possibly even more cynical than I am, which is both refreshing and frightening at the same time. For his next trick, he’s about to unveil central blacklisting for extensions and themes, which will allow us to block problematic extensions remotely by GUID and version.
Joining us just last week, Dietrich’s the punk rock guy in the toque (I’ve decided he’s an honourary Canadian) with a reputation for doing the impossible. And of course, true to his reputation, he’s been thrown to the wolves right off the bat with Session Restore. On IRC, he’s currently findable as autonome, but I hope to convince him (a la Robert Accettura, and myself once upon a time) that nicknames on IRC are very 1998.
Joining us for a few months on an internship out of the University of Waterloo, Gavin’s actually been around the project for a long while, taking on the seemingly-thankless tasks that make Firefox a much more polished browser. True to how we tend to treat interns, we’ve saddled him with rewriting the search service to support OpenSearch in addition to Sherlock plugins, along with providing new levels of flexibility to extend the search bar (more on this later). There’s also the flexibility to handle additional plugin types as search continues to evolve.