This blog is focused on game programming (and game playing) but I don't cover non-gaming very often and I'm following my own slow winding path to creating games on Firefox OS. So here are a few good general resources on Firefox OS.
The best place to start is (always) the Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) and the MDN page for Firefox OS is
Every scrap of Firefox OS info is all there somewhere, and you'll learn about the three G's: Gaia (the User Interface), Gonk (the Linux kernel and friends), and Gecko (the
layout engine that powers the Firefox browser). There's lots of
information about building Firefox OS itself, but I'm assuming you want
to make apps, not operating systems.
MDN provides a rich and juicy App Center.
You should go there once you have the big picture of how Firefox OS is constructed.
One of your first stops should be "Your First App" at
and if you're a web developer (as many are), check out "App Development for Web Developers" at
There's also a nice set of reference apps you can study at
the most part, Firefox OS app development is just HTML5. Mozilla will
provide you with lots of guidelines and frameworks you can use. The App
Center has it all and has recently been redesigned and is easy to
navigate. Just remember you're creating apps for a phone, so there's no
keyboard and the size of the screen is small.
The actual development environment is the easiest I've ever seen. All
you need is Firefox (the browser) and one plugin (the Firefox OS
Firefox is at
but you might want to get the Beta at
or maybe even the Nightly at
The Nightly build is quite stable and you'll want to be testing the latest foxy goodness!
And once you have installed Firefox, go to Add-ons and search in Get Add-ons for "Firefox OS Simulator".
Read all about the Simulator at
and once installed, run it from Web Developer in the Tools menu.
of the cool things about the simulator is that you can run your
programs and see them run in a little window, or, you have a Firefox OS
phone, you can load your program by using the Simulator and a USB cable.
If you have Firefox OS 1.3 or higher, you can use an advanced program
called the App Manager which will let you do cool debugging and
installation. But the Simulator works and I use it almost every day.
Selling Your App
you create, build, and test your app, you can put it in Firefox OS
Marketplace. There's lots of stuff about preparing your app, monitizing,
and the rules for submission. Note that there are two kinds of apps:
ones that you download from the Marketplace and run on your phone, or
ones that run from a server and the Marketplace just supplies the means
to get there.
Check out the Marketplace at
There are several good tutorials and more coming all the time. Try some of these (and let me know if you find good ones).
Simple slide show - http://shafiul.github.io/slides/kickstart_fxos.html#/
Simple Hello World - http://freezinfo.com/firefox-os-basic-tutorial-hello-world-application/
Several tutorials - http://rominirani.com/category/mobile-2/firefox-os/
Excellent eBook - https://leanpub.com/quickguidefirefoxosdevelopment
Mozilla Hacks - https://hacks.mozilla.org/category/firefox-os/
Google Group - https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mozilla.dev.b2g
Some Posts I Wrote that Might be Useful
Using the Simulator - http://firefoxosgaming.blogspot.com/2013/10/firefox-os-easier-than-before.html
Putting Apps on the Phone - http://firefoxosgaming.blogspot.com/2013/10/pushing-your-game-to-your-phone.html
rest of my posts are split evenly between reviews of games from the
Firefox OS Marketplace and game programming articles on writing code in
SVG. I also have covered unique-to-the-phone APIs such as Vibration,
Device Orientation, Audio, Screen Orientation, Touch, and Screen Sizes.
Check out the Firefox OS games and code at http://firefoxosgaming.blogspot.com/.
I've missed anything, let me know. Twitter is fastest, Gmail is pretty
good, and Google+ is not too bad, and I'm on Facebook but don't do much
with it except to launch my blog Twitter announcements.
PS: Thanks to Joe Sanders on Google+ who asked me "Do you have any links
to good Firefox tutorials for developing apps for it?" I realized that
I should devote a post to Firefox OS resources and this is it. I'll
archive this post at
and make it a Blogger Page on the side. Thanks, Joe.
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