Moved to Identity
I’ve been working at Mozilla on the same project for a year and a half now, and it’s time for some change.
I’m proud of how easy it is to start writing a new add-on for Firefox, test it, and publish it to addons.mozilla.org; all entirely in the browser.
I started thinking I wanted to do more, though. By more, I mean affect more people on the Internet. As various friends would ask me what I do at Mozilla, I would tell them I make a tool for developers to more easily make add-ons, that my friends might use. Except many don’t use add-ons, or even Firefox. I realized I wanted to make something that normal people would use. What is something on the Internet that normal people use, and currently sucks? Logging in.
Mozilla’s Identity team has been working on a new system to greatly improve signing into the Internet. I’ve been watching it since they announced it, and now I get to help create and improve on the new Persona project.
If we do our job right, eventually when my friends ask me what I do, I can say: I helped make it so you no longer need to use passwords everywhere. I helped make your online identity more secure. I helped make signing into the Internet awesomer.
- Syncs to various locations
- Fields to serialize data easily
- Automatic updates using Bindings
- Uses EJS templates underneath
- Templates get pre-compiled for production, so templating engine isn’t needed in final file.
There are plenty of other modules included, but not all have public docs currently as many of them aren’t needed specifically by app developers, only by the internals of Models and Views.
It’s already powering Mozilla’s Add-on Builder.
Or, you can grab your
require and try it out in jsFiddle right now.
To use it locally, you could check it out with git, but it’s also available on npm, via
npm install shipyard.
With this release, work begins on version 0.2, which will bring about Model Relationships, QuerySets, some Controllers, and a configurable logger.