When I was a 17 year old noob, going to technical college in my home town, I was introduced to a browser called Firebird, which would later be renamed Firefox. I was immediately drawn to this new browser; Firebird was fresh, exuded excitement, but most of all, provided a few developer tools that made learning front-end development easier and more enjoyable. It was then that I knew I need to make it to Mozilla one day.
It took me a decade to get to Mozilla and I couldn't have been more excited, proud, and scared. In my almost six years at Mozilla I've worked on and contributed to a dozen exciting projects, from MDN to Firefox OS to WebVR to the ServiceWorker Cookbook and so on...but I never forgot what made me love that early browser so much, which makes announcing the following so emotional for me: I'm excited to announce I'm joining Mozilla's DevTools team.
I'm coming back to front-end.
I'm coming back to what got me here.
I'm realizing the dream I had as a teen.
I'm coming back home.
Congratulations David, for your new career path!
Wish all the best! Also because it would mean we web developers will gain from your work too!
I’m so glad to hear. Congratulations David.
This is very good news and I am happy for you! I have been reading your blog for several years now and I believe you’re going to make a significant difference.
I have been trying hard to switch Firefox (my long love for Opera is rapidly fading…), but there are two things holding me back: the lack of a speed dial tailored to my needs (I think this is the only thing still keeping me tied to Opera…) and a somewhat difficult to work with developer console (I’m being very subjective here).
I am slowly taking care of the first part (the web extension is not yet ready but what I have looks good and does what I need it to), but I can’t really influence the second part. I am confident though that, with you on board, the talented folks working on it will (continue to) develop the best debugging experience ever.
too bad Firefox got the Chropera treatment and became as useless as every Chromium fork
and Mozilla is not willing to fix this, or even to admit they failed miserably
PLEASE bring back the 3D view to the web dev tools, it was the most useful tool ever and unique to Firefox. Please make Firefox great again.