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.'
#19 Re: Re: Interesting article...
Saturday April 27th, 2002 9:33 AM
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"Yes Netscape's market share fell between 1997 and 2000 when the article was written, but Mr Spolsky conviently ignores the number one reason the market share fell, Microsoft's preditory tatics. Best to ignore that because it didn't mesh with his goal of showing the rewrite of the code base as the root of all of Netscape's problems. "
The article was not about Netscape's market share. The article was about refactoring vs. rewriting. The plummeting market share over a three year period DURING THE REWRITE was mentioned simply to show that rewriting an application rather than doing stepwise refactoring leaves a company vulnerable since it's impossible to ship new features during the rewrite.
Nobody is saying Mozilla didn't turn out / isn't turning out to be a great piece of software.