J. Ryan Stinnett

A Convolution of Software and Electronics


In my last post (back in February…), I mentioned I was spending a lot of time on the side working on the developer tools in web browsers, particularly Firefox. I find that Mozilla’s values, which truly put the user first, are something I agree with wholeheartedly. Mozilla is in a unique position in this way, since all the other browsers are made by companies that, at the end of day, are looking to make money to appease their shareholders. Mozilla’s values are even more important to emphasize these days with the various forms of governmental spying that has been revealed in the last few months.

With that context, hopefully you can get an idea of how excited I am to say that this past Monday was my first day as a Mozilla employee, working on the Firefox Developer Tools team!

I am currently in Paris ramping up with the team for two weeks. After the first week, I am humbled to be able to say I am a part of this organization. There are so many people smarter than me here, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them. I know we will accomplish great things together.

There is so much potential in the web developer tools space. Every developer has their own workflow, favorite set of frameworks and tools, and new platform technologies and techniques are coming out at a rapid pace. While part of my job is certainly to help make all of this more efficient, there is a lot of room to shake things up by looking towards the future of web development and the tools that people don’t even know they need.

It’s going to be a blast! Hopefully I’ll have to some fun things to share.