Hacking on Appmaker

This past week, I traveled to Revelstoke, BC for an Appmaker workweek. Appmaker is an application designed to enable anyone to create mobile web apps without needing to learn about coding. By combining various widgets together and connecting their inputs and outputs to one-another using the visual interface, users can…

API Key Authentication using Hawk

I've spent the better part of my last two weeks working on implementing a new form of authentication for the Make API. This post is going to detail what has changed, how it works, and how you can set up your local webmaker-dev environment to use it. It may also…

Deploying the MakeAPI to Heroku

For the past three weeks I've been working on a new tool for Mozilla Webmaker. It is called the Make API. As Webmaker grows and more tools and more people create awesome content, we need a way to help them (and ourselves) share and organize this data efficiently. The Make…

Google Maps Update Function

Today I landed a patch I had been working on for roughly 3 months. Now, it's not like I worked on it every day, but it has taken a lot of work to get it done, and I think it really makes the experience of adding a Google Map to…

How to: Popcorn Maker - YouTube Upload Tool

Over the past 2 months, the Popcorn Maker team has been working really hard to develop new and exciting features for the app. Recently part of this work has involved trying out an experimental feature from YouTube that lets a user record a video from their webcam and upload it…