Projects

Here you'll find links to documentation about various Mozilla projects; these are often parts of Firefox or other products, but may also be used in other projects as well.

Compare-locales
compare-locales is a python script that helps localizers to check their work without running Firefox or another application.

If you want to run compare-locales on Windows, be sure to first install MozillaBuild.
Crash Reporting
Firefox ships with an open-source crash reporting system. This system is combination of projects:
DTrace
DTrace is Sun Microsystem's dynamic tracing framework that allows developers to instrument a program with probes that have little to no effect on performance when not in use and very little when active. Probe data can be collected with scripts written in D (no, not that one). Mozilla DTrace support has been added by the Sun DTrace team and can be used on Solaris 10 and Mac OS X 10.5.
Emscripten
Emscripten is an LLVM to JavaScript compiler. It takes LLVM bytecode (e.g. generated from C/C++ using Clang, or from another language) and compiles that into JavaScript, which can be run on the Web.
JSHydra
L20n
L20n lets localizers reach higher levels of free linguistic expression by sharpening the divide between localization and application logic.
L20n
L20n lets localizers reach higher levels of free linguistic expression by sharpening the divide between localization and application logic.
Leak Monitor
Leak Monitor is a Firefox extension by L. David Baron that helps extension and chrome developers to find memory leaks. It will pop-up an alert when a window is closed and JavaScript still links to that window (for example, an observer that is not cleared when the window closes).
MailNews
MailNews stands for "Mail and Newsgroups". MailNews is the back end of the messaging parts of SeaMonkey and Thunderbird. It provides a number of functions and capabilities, including:
McCoy
McCoy is an application that allows add-on authors to provide secure updates to their users. Applications periodically look for and install updates to their add-ons. It's important that the update information retrieved has not been tampered with since being written by the add-on author. Specifically, it focuses on the process of digitally signing update manifests so the applications can verify the integrity of a manifest retrieved over normally insecure channels.
Midas
Technical review completed.
Mochitest
Mochitest is an automated testing framework built on top of the MochiKit JavaScript libraries. It's just one of the automated regression testing frameworks used by Mozilla. Tests report success or failure to the test harness using JavaScript function calls.
Mozinfo
Throughout mozmill and other Mozilla python code, checking the underlying platform is done in many different ways. The various checks needed lead to a lot of copy+pasting, leaving the reader to wonder....is this specific check necessary for (e.g.) an operating system? Because information is not consolidated, checks are not done consistently, nor is it defined what we are checking for.
Mozmill
MozMill is a test tool and framework for writing automated tests for Gecko based applications (Firefox, Thunderbird, Songbird, etc). It is built as a command line client to let you run, and debug tests. MozMill has an extensive API to help you write functional tests that simulate user interactions, as well as a full unit test API.
NSPR
Netscape Portable Runtime (NSPR) provides a platform-neutral API for system level and libc-like functions. The API is used in the Mozilla clients, many of Red Hat's and Sun's server applications, and other software offerings.
Necko
Necko is a network library that provides a platform-independent API for several layers of networking, ranging from transport to presentation layers. This API is used in many Mozilla-based client applications (including Firefox) and can be used for writing other networking clients.
Network Security Services
Network Security Services (NSS) is a set of libraries designed to support cross-platform development of security-enabled client and server applications. Applications built with NSS can support SSL v3, TLS, PKCS #5, PKCS #7, PKCS #11, PKCS #12, S/MIME, X.509 v3 certificates, and other security standards.
Personal Security Manager (PSM)
Personal Security Manager (PSM) consists of a set of libraries that perform cryptographic operations on behalf of a client application. These operations include setting up an SSL connection, object signing and signature verification, certificate management (including issuance and revocation), and other common PKI functions.
Pork
Pork is a C++ parsing and rewriting tool chain. The core of Pork is a C++ parser that provides exact character positions for the start and end of every AST node, as well as the set of macro expansions that contain any location. This information allows C++ to be automatically rewritten in a precise way. The inputs driving the rewriting would normally be provided by a program-analysis system outside of Pork. (See Dehydra, Treehydra).
Rhino
Rhino is an open-source implementation of JavaScript written entirely in Java. It is typically embedded into Java applications to provide scripting to end users. It is embedded in J2SE 6 as the default Java scripting engine.
Shumway
This article will help you understand Shumway — Mozilla's open standards-based Flash renderer — and what it means for the community of developers currently creating the Adobe Flash platform.
Social API
Editorial review completed.
SpiderMonkey
SpiderMonkey 38 is the most recent standalone source code release. It is largely the same engine that shipped with Firefox 38 (ESR). Full source code is available here: https://people.mozilla.org/~sstangl/mozjs-38.2.1.rc0.tar.bz2
TPS
TPS, or Testing and Profiling tool for Sync, is a multi-profile test automation framework for Firefox Sync.
TPS Tests
TPS consists of a Firefox extension of the same name, along with a python test runner. The python test runner will read a test file (in JavaScript format), setup a Firefox profile with the necessary extensions and preferences, then launch Firefox and pass the test file to the extension. The extension will read the test file and perform a series of actions specified therein, such as populating a set of bookmarks, syncing to the Sync server, making bookmark modifications, etc.
Talos
Talos is a python performance testing framework that is usable on Windows, Mac and Linux. Talos is our versatile performance testing framework we use at Mozilla. It was created to serve as a test runner for the existing performance tests that Mozilla was running back in 2007 as well as providing an extensible framework for new tests as they were created.
Thread Sanitizer
Technical review completed.
Tinderbox
Tinderbox is a web tool that Mozilla developers previously used to check whether the current source code compiles on various platforms and passes automated test suites. It has been replaced by TBPL Treeherder, and has been completely decommissioned as of 2014-05-16 (see bug 843383).
WebReplay
This page describes the design of a project for deterministic web replay in Firefox that started in September 2015.  Implementation work is tracked in bug 1207696.
Zest
Zest is an experimental specialized scripting language (also known as a domain-specific language) developed by the Mozilla security team and is intended to be used in web oriented security tools.
The language is written in JSON, but we do not expect people to write Zest in this format - it is designed to be a visual language. The core language does not define any graphical representation - that is expected to be defined by the tools that integrate Zest.
It is completely free, open source and can be included in any tool whether open or closed, free or commercial.

Zest is still at a very early stage of development, but is has been made available so that anyone can play around with it.
All constructive feedback is very welcome.
Anyone can contribute to the onward development of Zest, and teams or individuals who develop security tools are especially welcome to join and help shape Zest's future.

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