September 2009 Archives

Mozilla web developer Dave Dash has put out a call for help testing AMO's move to a Sphinx-based backend; I second that call, and encourage you to let us know of any new issues not already tracked in bug 498999's dependency tree.

New to testing search? Here's an incomplete list of things to try:

* substrings ("fire" from "firefox")
* named add-ons without quotes (Adblock Plus)
* named add-ons *with* quotes ("Adblock Plus")
* leading/trailing whitespace (" Adblock Plus ")
* broken-up strings ("stumble upon") -- bug 517344
* using SeaMonkey, Thunderbird, Sunbird, Mobile (Fennec)? Help us test those applications' search support too
* localization
* categories
* collections
* sandboxed add-ons
* advanced search options, such as:
** versions
** types
** platforms
** last-updated dates
** sorting views

The preview server, apt-named, is:

Thanks in advance for helping ensure our next version of AMO has a great search experience!

Interesting Selenium |type| bug?

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While writing Selenium IDE tests for SUMO (, I've noticed something weird with its input handling.

A normal recording of a login to SUMO looks like this:

open /en-US/kb/Firefox+Support+Home+Page
clickAndWait link=Log In

type login-user username
clickAndWait login-button

The problem with this is (obviously) that it omits issuing:

type login-pass password, and so the next (and successive) commands will all fail.

(Perhaps Firefox itself doesn't propagate the value submitted, to Selenium, for security -- that would make sense.)

Pretty self-explanatory, but: login-user = name of username textfield element, login-pass is the name of the password textfield element, and username/password are placeholders for the real thing.

I'm actually learning a decent amount of Selenium by trial and error, but I'd love to hear tips and tricks -- email, comment here, or join us in #mozwebqa on

Tonight we shipped SUMO 1.3 (; full bug list.

We resolved 84 bugs as fixed; some regressions, others features -- a huge release by any measure.

Thanks to the SUMO team and our mozwebqa contributors for their help!

(We're now moving on to SUMO 1.4, which will aim to revamp the forum experience significantly for the better.)

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