Mozilla Student Projects update

February 27, 2013 § 3 Comments

It has been quite some time since the last update. Since then, many things have happened, both with the Student Projects and with the world of Mozilla. We have had the exciting FirefoxOS AppDays, many alpha, beta and near-final versions of FirefoxOS, and the MWC launch of FirefoxOS.

Well, without further ado, let us see how the student projects have progressed.

MSP #1: An Open Web App for editing rich text documents (see the application!)

Start date: October 6th, 2012.
Team: Abhishek Potnis, Amod Narvekar, Pratik Patil (Vidyavardhini’s College Of Engineering and Technology, Mumbai University, India).
Objective: Build an Open Web Application that can be used to edit simple web pages, using HTML contentEditable. This application must work offline and must be friendly to touch screen devices.
What works:

  • Editing rich text documents.
  • Saving documents to IndexedDB.
  • Loading documents from IndexedDB.
  • Removing documents from IndexedDB.
  • Several drafts of the User Interface.
  • The application can be installed as an Open Web Application.

What doesn’t work yet:

  • The user interface is very much unfinished.
  • Exporting to other applications using Web Activitities.
  • Making it usable on a small screen.

Message to the team: Good work so far. I am looking forward to seeing the application once it is completed.

MSP #2: An Open Web Application e-Book reader (see the application!)

Start date: January 2013.
Team: Jonathan Barbin, Anthony Rata-Global (Université d’Évry, France).
Objective: Read e-Books in standard format epub from any Open Web Application-compliant device and browser.
What works:

  • Opening a book.
  • Displaying the table of contents.
  • Displaying the contents of the book.

What doesn’t work yet:

  • Decompressing the book should take place as a background task.
  • User Interface needs to be finalized.
  • Bookmarks.
  • Opening a file on FirefoxOS.

Message to the team:

  • Impressive work! I want to use it on my tablet.
  • This project is very promising. You should communicate and attract contributors.

MSP #8: An Open Web App for reading RSS streams (see the application!)

Start date: October 30th, 2012
Team: [Guys, I’d like to have your names!] (Université d’Évry)
Objective: Read RSS streams on any open web app-enabled device.
Message to the team: I have no clue about the status of the project. It looks like stuff works, but developing in silence is not a good idea.

MSP #9: Run-run-run (see the code)

Start date: October 30th, 2012
Team: Simon Blum (Université d’Évry)
Objective: An open web application that can be used to record times and positions while running, biking, hiking, etc.
What works: No idea. I see code but I have received no word from the developers.
What doesn’t work: No idea.
Message to the team: Are you alive?

MSP #10: Map Your Friends (see the application!)

Start date: October 30th, 2012
Team: Bharath Thiruveedula, Yeshwanth Jagini, Abhiram ? (Gokaraju RangaRaju Engineering and Technology?)
Objective: A group of people wants to be able to track each other on a map in real-time. Useful for sport, games, but also rescue teams.
What works:

  • Creating maps.
  • Joining maps.
  • Tracking the rest of the group on the map.

What doesn’t work:

  • Not suited for small screens yet.
  • Not installable as an Open Web Application yet.
  • User interface needs some polish.
  • Needs a security review.

Message to the team: Keep up the good work. As soon as the application is a little more polished, you should be able to submit it for a broader audience.

MSP #42: Bombermaaaan (see the code)

Start date: October 30th, 2012
Team: Angélo Lima, Vincent Texier, Robin Vasseur (Université d’Évry)
Objective: A great game, for the touchscreen web.
What works:

  • The engine is quite playable.
  • Simple AI for single-player game.
  • Multi-player game using a server (I haven’t tested it yet).
  • Works nicely on a cellphone.

What doesn’t work yet:

  • Still some problems of performance.
  • You can’t play the game from the webpage (trivial to fix).
  • Not installable yet.

Messages to the team:

  • That looks good. I want to see the final version!
  • This project is very promising. You should communicate and attract contributors.

MSP #45: Tux of Math Command (see the application)

Start date: October 30th, 2012
Team: Yassir Barchi, Lucas Pinto, Sylvain Ribous, Virgil Triquet (Université d’Évry)
Objective: Port game Tux of Math Command to all web app-enabled devices, in particular touch screen devices.
What works:

  • The game was quite playable last time I checked (not today, though, there seems to be a regression).

What doesn’t work yet:

  • Levels.
  • Performance issues.
  • Lacks some polish.

Message to the team: Good work. You should soon be able to submit the game to the marketplace. Looking forward to the completed project!

MSP #48 A plotting calculator for FirefoxOS / the web (see the code)

Start date: January 2013
Team: Sylvie Ranga (Université d’Évry)
Objective: Using any FirefoxOS / Open Web Application-enabled cellphone as a plotting calculator.
Message to the team: I see some code. I have left issues on your tracker. I haven’t seen any reply. Not a good sign.

MSP #51: Reimplement Qix as a FirefoxOS-friendly Open Web Application (see the application!)

Start date: October 30th, 2012
Team: [Guys, I’d like to have your names!] (Université d’Évry)
Objective: A great game, for the touchscreen web.
What works:

  • On the desktop, the game seems to work nicely.
  • Installable.

What doesn’t work:

  • Doesn’t seem to work with a touchscreen yet.
  • Some performance issues.
  • Doesn’t work without a connection.

Message to the team: The project looks good. However, your complete silence hurts you a lot. You haven’t been in touch, so you have received no code or feature review. Also, developing in silence hurts your chances of having a successful project, both in terms of code and in terms of users. So, please don’t be silent.

Mystery project: Where to sleep tonight? (see the code)

Start date: January 2013, I believe.
Team: Omar BAKRIM, Jean-Marc NZENZA, Souleymane KEITA (Université d’Évry)
Objective: I have no idea.
Message to the team: I hear that I am expected to mentor your project. I don’t remember ever having heard from this project before. If you want me as a mentor, you should at least come and discuss the project with me.

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