One Year At Mozilla

By  on  

When I was a naive but bright-eyed kid attending a small technical college in 2002, I was first introduced to Mozilla.  The Mozilla browser looked incredibly similar to Netscape but provided a few additional development tools (like syntax-highlighted source windows)!  Developing within Mozilla's browser really sparked my love of web development.  Then Mozilla's browser became Firebird, and then eventually Firefox.

In 2009 I caught the attention of Mozilla (or a Moz recruiter) and I was flown to Palo Alto for an interview.  Mozilla was relatively small in those days;  the offices were rented across from Google, the building was old, there were many fewer employees, and many fewer projects.  I was devastated to not get hired back then but I kept a Mozilla employee's business card in my car to remind me, when I drove to work each day, that my goal was to represent the dinosaur and that I was on the fringe of being "good enough."  There's no better reminder of a goal like that then seeing the dino on the way to a job you dislike.

Three years later, in April of 2012, I was again summoned to Mozilla and I was blessed enough to make the cut.  My second week was spent in Santa Clara getting tipsy meeting with my coworkers, proposing new ideas, improving my team skills, playing beach soccer, and winning that work week's hack contest.  When you wake up in a hotel overlooking the ocean in your second know you're doing OK.

David Walsh Mozilla

My primary responsibility has been and continues to be the Mozilla Developer Network.  I've been working with legends like Luke Crouch, Les ("Is More") Orchard, James Bennett, Eric Shepard, Ali Spivak, and numerous other quality developers and documentation gods.  I've worked for an incredible manager, James Socol, who has been the best manager I've ever worked for;  quick to get answers, honest in criticism, and never afraid (even motivated) to jump into a code review.  Even the WebDev boss, Mike Morgan, listens to my hoops smack talk.  The atmosphere and developers I've found myself around are unbelievable.  Inspired to do legendary things every day.

Since joining Mozilla, I've been able to:

  • Help launch kuma, the new MDN platform
  • Implement new features on MDN
  • Travel to Brazil to speak about MDN and Firefox OS
  • Travel to Toronto, Mountain View, and Austin to talk about Firefox OS and MDN
  • Dip my hand into gaia (Firefox OS), X-Tags, Firefox Marketplace, Mozilla Hacks
  • Be a test drive for the Firefox OS phone
  • Make acquaintances with hundreds of incredible developers

That's one hell of a year, man.  This first year at Mozilla has been a blast, and look forward to many more years helping to keep an open web!

Recent Features

  • By
    Welcome to My New Office

    My first professional web development was at a small print shop where I sat in a windowless cubical all day. I suffered that boxed in environment for almost five years before I was able to find a remote job where I worked from home. The first...

  • By
    Designing for Simplicity

    Before we get started, it's worth me spending a brief moment introducing myself to you. My name is Mark (or @integralist if Twitter happens to be your communication tool of choice) and I currently work for BBC News in London England as a principal engineer/tech...

Incredible Demos

  • By
    MooTools TwitterGitter Plugin

    Everyone loves Twitter. Everyone loves MooTools. That's why everyone should love TwitterGitter, a MooTools plugin that retrieves a user's recent tweets and allows the user to format them however the user would like. TwitterGitter allows the user to choose the number of...

  • By
    Fancy FAQs with jQuery Sliders

    Frequently asked questions can be super boring, right? They don't have to be! I've already shown you how to create fancy FAQs with MooTools -- here's how to create the same effect using jQuery. The HTML Simply a series of H3s and DIVs wrapper...


  1. congrats man! it’s been a blast. looking forward to more.

  2. Congrats!
    Also, I *totally* love the guy with horns!

  3. Sergio Dad

    Congratulations Dave!, hard work always pays off!!!, glad Jack is by your side providing epic inspiration!!!

  4. Congrats David, I have always admired the work done at Mozilla.

Wrap your code in <pre class="{language}"></pre> tags, link to a GitHub gist, JSFiddle fiddle, or CodePen pen to embed!