DCS SEMINAR SERIES
FOXHOLES: News From The Front Line Of The Browser Wars
Robert O'Callahan (Mozilla.org)
TIME: 14:00:00 - 15:00:00
LOCATION: CSIT Seminar Room, N101
Web browsers have become a primary application platform, arguably more important than traditional client operating systems. They are also a key security frontier, a vigorously competitive market, and an crucial front in the battle for free software and open standards. For these and other reasons, browser development is both extremely challenging and extremely important.
As a core Firefox developer, I will discuss challenges facing our project: competition from Internet Explorer and other browsers; changes to fundamental assumptions about code-level security vulnerabilities; sustaining and evolving a complex and fragile codebase; and the successes and failures of our tools and processes.
Robert O'Callahan obtained a PhD in programming languages and software engineering tools from CMU. After a few years at IBM Research working on dynamic program analysis, he returned to New Zealand to work on Mozilla full-time. Now he manages a team of Gecko developers in Auckland (and constantly looks for more hard-core hackers to hire) while still trying to write lots of code and do research on the side.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Firefox developer in Canberra
Robert O'Callahan (Mozilla.org) will be talking at ANU in Canberra, 4 August 2007 about the development of the Firefox: