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…

Solving Hard Problems is Hard: Third Party MakeAPI Publishing

A majority of my work on Webmaker has been dedicated to something we call the Make API. It is a service for storing meta data about things people create online and making that meta data publicly searchable. Ever since we first stood up the service back in June, it has…

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…