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It’s a wrap! “App Basics for FirefoxOS” is out and ready to get you started

A week ago we announced a series of video tutorials around creating HTML5 apps for Firefox OS. Now we released all the videos and you can watch the series in one go.

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The series is aimed at web developers who want to build their first HTML5 application. Specifically it is meant to be distributed in the emerging markets, where Firefox OS is the first option to get an affordable smartphone and start selling apps to the audiences there.

Over the last week, we released the different videos of the series – one each day:

Yesterday we announced the last video in the series. For all of you who asked for the whole series to watch in one go, you now got the chance to do so.

There are various resources you can use:

What’s next?

There will be more videos on similar topics coming in the future and we are busy getting the videos dubbed in other languages. If you want to help us get the word out, check the embedded versions of the videos on Codefirefox.com, where we use Amara to allow for subtitles.

Speaking of subtitles and transcripts, we are currently considering both, depending on demand. If you think this would be a very useful thing to have, please tell us in the comments.

Thanks

Many thanks to Sergi, Jan, Jakob, Ketil, Nathalie and Anne from Telenor, Brian Bondy from Khan Academy, Paul Jarrat and Chris Heilmann of Mozilla to make all of this possible. Technologies used to make this happen were Screenflow, Amazon S3, Vid.ly by encoding.com and YouTube.

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Firefox OS App Days: It’s a Wrap!

Over the last few weeks, Mozilla sponsored a worldwide series of hack days for developers to learn about creating apps for Firefox OS. Dubbed “Firefox OS App Days,” the events took place in more than 25 locales around the world, starting on 19 January in Mountain View, California and ending on 2 February in Berlin, Germany. The events were organized with the support of our Mozilla Reps, the Mozilla community and Firefox OS partners Telefonica and Deutsche Telekom in Africa, Asia, Europe, New Zealand, as well as North and South America.

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Hacking at a Firefox OS App Day

2,500 New Developers for Firefox OS

Our goals were to educate developers around the world about Firefox OS and open web apps and inspire them to start building apps for the Firefox Marketplace.

We engaged with over 2,500 developers worldwide. Hundreds of apps were demonstrated at the events, and many of them have already been submitted to the Marketplace. Some of the apps developed include:

  • Bessa – An image editor for Firefox OS, demonstrated in Berlin
  • Web Sliding Puzzle – a sliding puzzle game made from the Firefox OS App Days logo, demonstrated in Paris by Mathieu Pillard
  • Ash’s Rising – a strategy game, demonstrated in Toronto
  • Travel Saver – a local travel app, demonstrated in Warsaw
  • FoxKehCalc – a Fox-themed calculator, demonstrated in Tokyo

In addition to apps, we saw over two million impressions of the #firefoxosappdays hashtag on Twitter, and hundreds of photos from the events were posted on Flickr, Facebook and other social media sites.

Sample of Apps Developed at Firefox OS App Days

Sample of Apps Developed at Firefox OS App Days

Going Forward

Thanks to everyone who participated in the App Days, and if you haven’t submitted your app to the Marketplace yet, please do so as soon as you can. If you have a website or github repo hosting your app or a post about your App Day experience, please add your links to the comments below. We’d love to hear from you and check out your apps in progress. If you missed the events, or there wasn’t one in your area, stay tuned — our Mozilla Reps team plans to enable more in the near future.

And if you are just hearing about Firefox OS, and want to get started developing apps on your own, the Developer Hub, the Hacks Blog and the Mozilla Developer Network are excellent places to start. To stay in touch with upcoming App Days, developer phone releases, and app development news, subscribe to our monthly Firefox Apps & Hacks newsletter.

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