More Mozilla RC1 Reviews
Thursday April 25th, 2002
Anonman writes: "c|net's article Don't Miss the Thrilla from Mozilla is quite positive. Their only complaint seemed to be a problem with Mozilla reading a Netscape profile. The reviewers liked Mozilla's quicklaunch, tabbed browsing and price, going so far as to suggest that 1.0 'may actually best its two most powerful competitors.'
#16 Re: Hmm
Friday April 26th, 2002 3:10 PM
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"The guy is taking a look at netscape 6.0 and basically saying. What a peice of crap, (it was) they could have done much better had they used the old code (they could have). "
Well, no.. not really. He wasn't talking about Netscape / Mozilla in particular but about refactoring vs. rewriting in general. Mozilla was merely used as an example where rewriting has caused a lot of damage business wise - causing a long period of time where Netscape was not able to produce new features in a release version of a product. Rather than rewriting everything, he suggests that a controlled refactoring is a more efficient way of getting the code back in shape.
I don't really have a strong opinion one way or the other but I find the topic very interesting, which is why I came across the article. I wasn't actually looking for articles on Mozilla or Netscape. I was hoping someone here could provide some insight on it, since Lou Montulli seemed to agree with the writer.
By the way, at what point became Mozilla's mission to create a platform for network centric applications rather than be a web browser? At least when the source code was initially released, I seem to recall it was definitely only about being a browser and perhaps an email client too, if license issues with Collabra (and possibly others) could be worked out.