New Build Bar!

Wednesday May 3rd, 2000

We've added a new feature to our front page, which can help you determine if a daily build for your platform is worth downloading. At the top of the page you will see what we've termed a "build bar" underneath the banner ad. We list the three daily build platforms, and a ranking for each. If a build has received a thumbs down, it means that there are serious problems (like a crash on startup) that will prevent you from effectively testing it. Thumbs up means it's worth the time to download (no serious issues). Thumbs up with an exclamation point: there's something worth checking out. "N/T": the build hasn't been checked out. I should note that the thumbs up icons don't mean that you won't have any problems. Testing of dailies means you take the bad with the good.

If you pass your mouse over the icons, the "tooltip" that pops up will have comments from Asa Dotzler and other folks in #mozillazine regarding that particular build.

Also, the platform names themselves link to builds. If the build linked to isn't the latest, there's probably a problem with the latest build. In that case, check out the comment to find out more.

We hope you like our new addition. If you want to give comments regarding a build to Asa, who will maintain the bar, track him down in #mozillazine.

#31 More on Build Bar ID Inclusion...

by TonyG <>

Friday May 5th, 2000 2:40 AM

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Chris, in the pursuit of excellence :-) , could we - as was suggested in an earlier post - have the build ID of the last build you downloaded on display. However, I thought it would be cool to have the value "personalised".

Maybe you could have the download link point at a Jascript that grabs the file but also stores the ID number in a cookiie. Then when the user goes to the page again, the value is read out of the cookie and displayed as the ID of the "last downloaded build".

Alternatively, you could just display the filename to keep admin simple...

Happy to write the javascript etc if you don't have the time :-)