BrazilJS, Open Web Apps feedback, Cross-Platform Tools survey & more: DevPulse, Vol 7

/Welcome to the 7th Edition 
<https://wiki.mozilla.org/Engagement/Developer_Engagement/DevPulse/Sept2014> 
of DevPulse. You are receiving this email as a group of people 
interested in and/or working closely with Developer Relations to support 
app & web developers worldwide. This is sourced by many Mozillians who 
support developers, highlighting happenings among web & app developers 
with a goal of fostering greater points of collaboration to support 
them. All editions are also posted on the DevPulse wiki page 
<https://wiki.mozilla.org/Engagement/Developer_Engagement/DevPulse>./


    Developer world news

*BrazilJS.* Mozilla participated in BrazilJS <http://mzl.la/1lM7yEO> 
last month. Some highlights:

  * 56 people attended the Mozilla meetup (we anticipated 20-30), and
    everyone was actively engaged, using post-it notes to provide FxOS
    and dev tools feedback.
  * Nearly 120 people showed up for Game Night! Attendees engaged in
    games that facilitated learning about dev tools, Mozilla culture,
    and Firefox OS.
  * Lots of love for our speakers Nick Desaulniers
    <http://mzl.la/1pxKpRl>, Chris Mills <http://mzl.la/ChrisMills>,
    Miller Medeiros <http://mzl.la/MM> and contributor Leo Balter
    <http://mzl.la/LeoB> who spoke to what looked like a near-full
    auditorium.
  * We had almost 380,000 social media impressions! Conversation ranged
    from fun photo sharing at the event to the spreading of messages
    about Firefox OS, innovative Web technology, and promise.
  * Finally, "N�veis dos Mananciais de SP" <http://mzl.la/1qCmJz4> was
    one of 10 apps submitted at the event, showing the level of the
    water reservoirs of S�o Paulo, which is undergoing a drought. It's a
    great highlight of both local content and citizen empowerment.

*Cross-Broswer to-do list.* App developers may be interested in this 
Smashing Magazine piece, Building a Simple Cross-Browser To-Do List with 
IndexedDB and WebSQL <http://mzl.la/1xlTfvD>. Note that WebSQL is needed 
only for iOS, and a polyfill is available so you don't have to think 
about it.

*Standards sausagemaking.* Ever wondered how standards are made? Ever 
wished you could influence the future of the web? You can. Here's the 
story <http://mzl.la/1o7fWKq> of some developers who did.


    App & Web Developer Perspectives

*Cross-Platform Tools Report.* Mozilla recently sponsored a survey 
<http://mzl.la/YihfQP> asking 2,188 app developers to rate and assess 
tools for cross-platform development. Some key findings (hat tip to 
Sakina Groth <http://bit.ly/TVsvzv> for the summary):

  * Most developers use multiple tools: 41% have used more than 3, but
    also claim time needed to familiarize with a new tool as a barrier
  * The top apps developed with cross-platform tools ("CPT") are games
    (37%), enterprise apps (25%) & business apps (23%)
  * The top 5 platforms supported by these tools are iOS, Android, WP8,
    Blackberry 10, HTML5, with WP8 as the platform which tops the wish
    list of cross-platform tool users
  * Developers have realized a 50+% time savings with CPT, and are
    mainly used for shorter app projects (usually under 3 months)
  * 81% of developers claim that the quality of the apps developed with
    cross-platform tools is as good as or even better than apps
    developed with a native IDE
  * The major market barrier for CPT vendors is low awareness of their
    tools: Only 16 cross-platform tools are known to 20% of the global
    app developer community. The remaining 150+ tools is hardly known or
    unknown.
  * Before implementing APIs for Firefox OS into their tools, the
    majority of cross-platform tool vendors want a clear signal that
    handsets have reached mass market shipments

*If you build it they probably won't come.* Research has shown that most 
do not consider marketing as part of their app development journey - but 
there is a clear correlation between those that do and the success of 
their app. The "Developer Marketing Series" on the Marketplace Apps blog 
are short posts intended to provide app developers with marketing best 
practices, tips and tricks. The latest post <http://mzl.la/1vbr6CE> 
addresses social media marketing.

*Open Web Apps feedback channel launches.* We have just launched 
<http://mzl.la/1tm25nT> the feedback channel <http://mzl.la/openwebapps> 
for Open Web Apps! Instead of endless discussions with developers about 
web vs. native, "web apps don't have what I need for my app," developers 
can give specific input and ideas on how to make it better.

For the period of Aug 4 - Sept 2, the new channel received 1,102 unique 
visitors and generated 44 new ideas, to which all are being responded. 
Big kudos to the WebAPI team (Andrew Overholt <http://mzl.la/AndrewO> & 
more), Partner Engineering (Harald Kirschner & [http://mzl.la/NickD Nick 
Desaulniers <http://mzl.la/HaraldK>) and Evangelism (Robert Nyman 
<http://mzl.la/RobertN>) for moderating this important channel.

Of course, the DevTools channel <http://mzl.la/devtools> launched 
earlier this year. Last month this channel got 1,121 Unique visitors (up 
from 712 over the previous period). This is another highly-engaged group 
of visitors, introducing 54 new ideas (up from 20 raised in the previous 
period).

*New on MDN.* A pragmatic guide for app developers: Installable apps for 
FirefoxOS <http://mzl.la/1A680ii> h/t to @chrisdavidmills 
<http://mzl.la/ChrisMills>.


    Project & Event Highlights

*App tools aka Rec Room.*Rec Room <http://mzl.la/RecRoom> is a Node.js 
utility that suggests which tools to use to build client side Web apps. 
Read the Hacks post <http://mzl.la/HacksRR> to see how a Mozilla 
engineer (aka Tofumatt <http://mzl.la/TofuMatt>) used Rec Room to build 
and deploy a simple world clock web app.

*Onoarding your Flame phone.* Do you want to use a phone that has 
adjustable RAM to simulate different performances across devices? Learn 
how to set up a Flame reference device <http://mzl.la/Flame> for app 
development, flash new builds, and change its RAM configurations in 
these videos <http://mzl.la/FlameHacks>.

*Recent keynotes.* Christian Heilmann <http://mzl.la/ChrisH> gave the 
closing keynote at Copenhagen's Coldfront conference 
<http://mzl.la/Coldfront>. In the talk <http://mzl.la/1lMbHsk>, 
Christian addresses <http://mzl.la/1pxSu8D> the need to simplify 
development approaches to help improve browsers.

Christian aka Chris also gave the opening keynote and a session on 
Firefox OS at the MobileTechCon <http://mzl.la/ZaXCKD>, drawing from 
Comscore research to remind the audience that native platforms face the 
same issues as the web (fragmentation, declining app download numbers), 
butt the web can deliver to all platforms instead of one.


    "Geekery" Highlights

*MDN Milestone.* For the first time ever, MDN <http://mzl.la/MDN> got 
over 2.5M unique visitors in August. To put that in perspective, last 
August we had 1.48M, so that's a 69% increase year-over-year! The 
month-over-month numbers from August:

  * Unique visitors: 2,590,310 up 21.80%
  * Total number of visits: 4,878,129, down 1.02%
  * Page views: 8,762,620 down 1.59%

On Monday, August 18 we had an especially sharp spike of 25% more 
sessions compared to the previous week.

*Mo' Milestones.* Remember that July was the first month that Developer 
Relations reached its 2014 goal of 1,000 active contributors (1,087 to 
be exact). We maintained the pace in August with another 18% increase in 
MDN editors (838 total), bringing us up to 1,105 active contributors 
last month! If you want to go crazy, you can see these and more 
up-to-date numbers in our DevRel Metrics spreadsheet 
<http://mzl.la/DevRelMetrics>.


    Engaging with Developers Together

  * The Web Runtime project builds the runtimes for Android and the
    desktop and ships them with every copy of Firefox. And they are
    hiring engineers <http://mzl.la/RTEng>!
  * Share and participate in the Open Web Apps
    <http://mzl.la/openwebapps> forum!
  * Help Tofumatt <http://mzl.la/TofuMatt> make his "High Fidelity"
    <http://mzl.la/1nASfu3> app perform better on Firefox OS (e.g.
    suggest things like fixes for memory/CPU usage to UX-related
    <http://mzl.la/1BgG1Pk> input <http://mzl.la/1nASnK4>. Why? "I want
    to take these fixes and push them back into rec room
    <http://mzl.la/RecRoom> so developers with more complex needs can
    write apps for Firefox OS that perform well." Sounds like a good
    reason to us!
  * Contribute to Firefox Marketplace, whether via quick "one and done"
    tasks or larger 'guided' projects requiring ongoing mentorship.
    Learn more on the wiki <http://mzl.la/YilxI0>, or join the next
    'open chat' session in the #marketplace IRC room.


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