Opera's year in Dev Rel 2012

By Chris Mills


Everyone has been working and playing really hard in the web industry this year, and the Opera developer relations team is no exception! Our well travelled group of open standards raconteurs have walked the globe, educating, styling, scripting, code fixing, presenting, evangelising and generally making people smile. As a special Christmas treat, we would like to present a summary of highlights and fun times in 2012. Happy holidays from Opera dev rel!

Quick stats

  • 97 new articles on Dev.Opera
  • 46 blog posts on our Opera Developer News blog
  • 62 articles for external publications, such as Smashing Magazine, .net Magazine, SitePoint and more
  • 132 presentations given around the world, in Norway, France, the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, USA, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, South-Africa, India, China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, and Singapore
  • 21,500 caffeinated beverages and 1,734 late nights
  • 4.1 pints of beer (per day, per team member, on average)


We got our hands dirty in lots of really interesting projects this year.

Team newcomers Hallvord Steen, Kåre Byberg and Ola Kleiven helped the team to do our web compatibility work, and were generally just awesome fonts of knowledge. Together, the Core Compatibility team accomplished 196 commits to browser.js, representing 26,981 additions and 6,889 deletions.

Pat, Bruce, Andreas and Vadim also performed The Web Standards Hoedown at the Opera Xmas party in Oslo.

12 of the best

Our own answer to "The 12 days of Christmas": to finish off this article we would like to present our 12 "must read" publications for your delectation.

Cover image by Jim Winstead.

Chris Mills is a web technologist, open standards evangelist and education agitator, currently working at Opera Software in the developer relations team. He spends most of his time writing articles about web standards for dev.opera.com and other publications (such as .net mag and A List Apart), giving talks at universities and industry conferences, and lobbying universities to improve their web education courses. He believes that education is the answer to everything, but in particular he is passionate about using education to improve the overall content quality, accessibility, usability and future-viability of the Web.

He is the creator of the Opera Web standards curriculum, contributor to the WaSP InterACT project, and coauthor of InterACT with web standards: A Holistic Approach to Web Design. In August 2011, he also accepted the position of co-chair of the newly-formed Web Education Community Group.

Outside work he is a heavy metal drummer, proud father of three and lover of good beer.

This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.


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    Martin Kadlec

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    Merry Christmas to Opera Dev Rel. team! :)
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    Surferz World

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012

    Great work, Bow Down... Happy Holidays to you all!!!
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    Charles Schloss

    Thursday, December 20, 2012

    Thats a lot of java consumed, how did you count all of that?

    I guess a lot of absolute Opera will be had :)
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    Chris Mills

    Friday, December 21, 2012

    @Karl Dubost Yup, guilty! Although I love a decent draft of cider too. You will have to educate me on French cider, mr Cow!

    @Charles just a _rough_ estimate ;-)
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