Friend of Add-ons: Trishul Goel

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Our newest Friend of Add-ons is Trishul Goel! Trishul first became involved with Mozilla five years when he was introduced to the Firefox OS smartphone. As a JavaScript developer with an interest in Mozilla’s mission, he looked for opportunities to get involved and began contributing to SUMO, L10n, and the Firefox OS Marketplace, where he contributed code and developed and reviewed apps.

After Firefox OS was discontinued as a commercial product, Trishul became interested in contributing to Mozilla’s add-ons projects. After landing his first code contributions to addons.mozilla.org (AMO), he set about learning how to develop extensions for Firefox using WebExtensions APIs. Soon, he began sharing his knowledge by leading and mentoring  workshops for extension developers as part of Mozilla’s “Build Your Own Extension” Activate campaign.

In the last year, Trishul has contributed more than 45 patches to Mozilla’s add-ons repositories, published 11 extensions to AMO, served as a member of the Featured Add-ons Advisory Board, and created a great set of WebExtensions APIs tutorials for new extension developers. Currently, he is an active Mozilla Rep and Tech Speaker, and is writing React code for AMO.

When asked what he has gained from his experience contributing to Mozilla, Trishul says, “I grew my skill set while coding for Mozilla. I’ve learned how to mentor people and how to work on a cross-culture remote team.”

In his free time, Trishul enjoys traveling and mountain biking.

Congratulations, Trishul, and thank you for your contributions to the add-ons community!

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Friend of Add-ons: Sylvain Giroux

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Please meet our newest Friend of Add-ons, Sylvain Giroux! Sylvain has been creating extensions for Firefox since 2007 and began contributing to addons.mozilla.org (AMO) as an add-on reviewer in 2015.  While he had originally planned to help with the add-on review queues for a few months before moving on to other activities, Sylvain quickly connected with Mozilla’s mission and found friends within the community, and has been an active contributor ever since.

Currently, Sylvain is an add-on reviewer and peer mentor for new reviewers. He is also helping the AMO team create an improved application process for prospective add-on reviewers. Additionally, Sylvain is finishing a six-month term as a member of the featured add-on advisory board, where he has helped nominate and select new extensions to feature on AMO each month.

Of his experience as a contributor, Sylvain says, “Being part of such a vast community helped me understand the underlying AMO process and its continuous evolution over time. This is especially important with the massive changes that Firefox 57 is bringing to this community. The knowledge I’ve gathered reviewing code after all those years has also strengthened my understanding of what “safe code” should look like. This is especially important when creating web-based software, APIs or features that may affect the security and privacy of end-users.”

Sylvain also has a suggestion for anyone interested in getting more involved in Mozilla. “I strongly suggest people visit https://whatcanidoformozilla.org and see if there is something in there that could bring you closer to this awesome free-software community.”

In his spare time, Sylvain is an active home-brewer and has made nearly twenty batches of beer over the last three years from home-grown hops. He also frequently creates personal development projects, like fixing bugs for a nodeJS card game program, to meet new challenges and keep his coding skills up to date.

On behalf of the AMO community, thank you for your many wonderful contributions, Sylvain!
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