BMO in 2016

Stuff that landed in 2016 Here’s a sampling of improvements to BMO that were launched in 2016. Improvements to bug-modal We’ve continued to refine the modal bug view, aka the “experimental UI”. The BMO team fixed 39 bugs relating to the new interface in 2016. We’ve got a couple more blockers before we make the modal view the default, which should happen in the middle of January. We know there are a still a few outstanding bugs and some missing functionality, so we will leave the standard view available for a little while, at least until all the blockers of bug 1273046 are resolved.
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BMO's database takes a leap forward

For historical reasons (or “hysterical raisins” as gps says) that elude me, the BMO database has been in (ughhh) Pacific Time since it was first created. This caused some weirdness on every daylight savings time switch (particularly in the fall when 2:00-3:00 am technically occurs twice), but not enough to justify the work in fixing it (it’s been this way for close to two decades, so that means lots of implicit assumptions in the code).
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BMO in 2015

It’s been a whole year since my last BMO update, partly because I’ve been busy with MozReview (and blogging a lot about it), and partly because the BMO team got distracted from our goals by a few sudden priority changes, which I’ll get to later in this post. Plans from 2014 Even with some large interruptions, we fully achieved three of our five goals for the year and made good progress on a fourth.
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MozReview auth changes

MozReview will soon be using Bugzilla’s new OAuth-like1 API keys and auth delegation. This is long overdue, and, in addition to providing security benefits, will eliminate all those confusing session-expired errors (e.g. bug 1178814). After we deploy the change, all users will need to log back into MozReview’s Review Board2 instance. This time, rather than entering your Bugzilla credentials directly into Review Board, when you go to the “Log In” page, you’ll be redirected to BMO.
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BMO 2014 Statistics

Everyone loves statistics! Right? Right? Hello? tap tap feedback screech Well anyway, here are some numbers from BMO in 2014: BMO Usage: 33 243 new users registered 45 628 users logged in 23 063 users performed an action 160 586 new bugs filed 138 127 bugs resolved 100 194 patches attached BMO Development: 1 325 bugs filed 1 214 bugs resolved Conclusion: there are a lot of dedicated Mozillians out there!

BMO 2014 update part II

The second half of 2014 was spent finishing up some performance work and shifting into usability improvements, which will continue into 2015. More performance! By the end of 2014, we’d managed to pick most of the low-to-medium-hanging fruit in the world of Bugzilla server-side performance. The result is approximately doubling the performance of authenticated bug views. Here are graphs from January 2014 and October 2014: The server now also minifies and concatenates JavaScript and CSS files.
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Searching Bugzilla

BMO currently supports five—count ‘em, five—ways to search for bugs. Whenever you have five different ways to perform a similar function, you can be pretty sure the core problem is not well understood. Search has been rated, for good reason, one of the least compelling features of Bugzilla, so the BMO team want to dig in there and make some serious improvements. At our Portland get-together a couple weeks ago, we talked about putting together a vision for BMO.
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Review Board preview

I know lots of people are very anxious to see Mozilla’s new code-review tool. It’s been a harrowing journey, but we are finally knocking out our last few blockers for initial deployment (see tracking bug 1021929). While we sort those out, here’s something to whet your palate: a walk through the new review work flow.

BMO mid-2014 update

Here’s your mid-year report from the offices, basements, and caverns of BMO! Performance This year we’re spending a lot of time on performance. As nearly everyone knows, Bugzilla’s an old Perl app from the early days of the Web, written way before all the technologies, processes, and standards of today were even dreamt of. Furthermore, Bugzilla (including BMO) has a very flexible extension framework, which makes broad optimizations difficult, since extensions can modify data at many points during the loading and transforming of data.
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Bugzfeed: Bugzilla push notifications

A large number of external applications have grown up around Bugzilla serving a variety of purposes. One thing many of these apps have in common is a need to get updates from Bugzilla. Unfortunately, the only way to get notifications of changes was, until recently, to poll Bugzilla. Everyone knows that polling is bad, particularly because it doesn’t scale well, but until recently there was no alternative. Thus I would like to introduce to the world Bugzfeed, a WebSocket app that allows you to subscribe to one or more bugs and get pushed notifications when they change.
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