Full Article Attached Mail/News Performance Effort Underway

Friday November 2nd, 2001

Seth Spitzer today sent an update out about what the Mail/News team is doing to meet their goals for Mozilla 1.0. They'll be focusing almost 100% of their effort for at least the next two milestones (0.9.7, 0.9.8) on Footprint and Performance of the various parts of Mail, News, and Addressbook. Not only will they be focusing on it, they'll also be locking down their part of the tree and only accepting performance or footprint fixes. Very few exceptions will be made. Click the Full Article link to see Seth's full post.

#48 many advantages to specialization

by pbreit

Monday November 5th, 2001 9:53 PM

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the obvious advantage is due to the age old reality that specialization leads to superior results. it's not so much that "dis-integrated" apps are "better", it's that it's extremely difficult to do one thing well, much less 5. nowhere is this more evident than with the mozilla project. unfortunately, building a world-class browser is really hard work, made all the more difficult by also attempting to build a mail client, a news client, a chat client, an html editor and skins. None of which are crucial, necessary or even important to *browsing*.

i'd like to hear one (one!) example of how integrating an email client into a browser is "extremely useful" (note: handling mailto tag doesn't count as this is simply done with two non-integrated clients like IE and Outlook). then ask yourself, "would i prefer to have moz 1.0 in march 2002 with this 'extremely useful' feature or in august 2000 (a generous 2.5 years after mozilla's birth) without it?"