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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.


#54 Re: come on guys

by macpeep

Tuesday November 6th, 2001 4:49 AM

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Come on.. It's no use arguing over this. It's obvious that doing two things is harder than doing just one. It's simply a matter of how much harder it is and how this weights against the benefits of integration.

Someone said, earlier in this thread, that specialization yields superrior results. That's not always true. I work for a company that develops a 3D game engine. The very value of a game engine is that it solves several things - combined - in one piece of software. Instead of game developers having to get a 3D game engine from one place, a physics engine from another place, a sound engine from a third place, tools from a fourth and so on, they can get it all in one package. Integration is the value here. In the same way, in a "web browser suite", I see some value of having the apps rolled into one. Not huge benefit, but some. For example shared resources and libraries result in smaller code. The extra footprint added by the editor in Mozilla, I would guess, is absolutely minimal. Same goes for the IRC client and address book. The mail & news client is more complex but even here, I'm sure it's much smaller than a separate, stand alone one with the same features.

Another big benefit is unity of interface and the things you can do through integration. The AOL instant messenger client can run in the sidebar and you there's a high level of integration between it and the mail & news client. It could integrate even further to, for example, allow XUL based collaboration tools to run on top of Mozilla while you talk with your co-workers on AIM..