Tara Hernandez

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Hernandez on theCUBE in 2016

Tara Hernandez is a professional software developer, and veteran open source contributor. As shown in the documentary Code Rush, she was the manager of Netscape Navigator development at Netscape Communications Corporations, and worked on the preparation of the original Mozilla code for public release, which led to the development of the Firefox browser. She has also worked as a Release Team Manager at Blue Martini software, Senior Infrastructure Engineer and Team Lead at Pixar Animation Studios, Senior Engineering Manager at Lithium Technologies, and currently works as the Senior Director of Systems and Build Engineering at Linden Lab.[1]


Tara began her career as part of the Release Engineering team at Borland, working mainly on development kits for C++ and Delphi. After moving to Netscape, she was "the first build engineer hired for the Client Engineering team" for Netscape Navigator, and was later promoted to managing the teams working on Netcape across all platforms.[2] During this time she was also involved in the development of projects like bug tracker Bugzilla, CVS repository browser Bonsai, and pioneering continuous integration server Tinderbox,.[3] After these projects were taken over by the Mozilla project, she served as a Project Owner for Bugzilla (2000-2002)[4][5] and Bonsai (1999-2006), and is credited with "keeping Bugzilla development going strong after Terry [Weissman] left mozilla.org".[6]

Conference speaking[edit]

Tara has spoken at a number of technology conferences, including Taking Flight: Career Progression for Women in Tech (2016),[7] and Women Transforming Technology (2016).[8]


  1. ^ "LinkedIn Profile". Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "LinkedIn Profile". Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  3. ^ Simpson, Julian (March 14, 2012). "The Godmother of Continuous Integation: An interview with Tara Hernandez". Build Doctor.
  4. ^ "Development Roadmap". Bugzilla homepage. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "Meet the 2008 Rockstars of Testing". Software Test & Performance. 22 November 2008.
  6. ^ "The Bugzilla Guide − 2.16.3 Release" (PDF). The Linux Documentation Project. 23 April 2003.
  7. ^ "Taking Flight: Career Progression for Women in Tech". etrigg.com. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "2016 Session Information and Speakers List". womentransformingtechnology.com. Retrieved October 27, 2016.