… Or you shouldn’t. I don’t know, I’m just a random person on the internet. Don’t let random internet blog posts make your decisions for you, carefully weigh the options and decide what’s right for you. Or don’t. Disclaimers aside, many people have brought up the fact that despite hosting much of the best open source code on the planet, Github itself was not open source. Recently there was quite a rustling over an open letter to Github, which seemingly spurred Github to make all the actions they were taking to make the platform greater more publicly accessible.
I recently ran into the issue of emoji that I was sure FirefoxOS had already implemented not showing up in my app (Firegraph). Many of the Instagram comments that were being displayed were filled with little boxes with numbers in them, despite the many emojis that are implemented already, as described in a blog post on Emoji by Patryk on the Mozilla UX team. After a few web searches to try and determine what was causing this, I realized that the problem was that I was using the incorrect font (or maybe an outdated version of gaia styling).
Splash screen for Firegraph Instagram API login for Firegraph Random picture Firegraph Sidebar navigation inside Firegraph After months of on and off development, I’m finally releasing version 0.1.0 of Firegraph. Firegraph is a FirefoxOS read-only (due to some API key restrictions) packaged webapp for accessing Instagram. While staggeringly incomplete, it does offer basic feed viewing functionality for users that download it, and that I’m proud of!
One of the latest projects I’ve been working on is making a Instagram client for FirefoxOS, written with EmberJS. It’s called Firegraph (not the greatest name, I know, but not being able to use the words “insta” and “gram” made it pretty hard to come up with a name that at least hinted at what the app is supposed to do…). Why would you make an Instagram client for FirefoxOS, when there’s already a web application, you ask?