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.'
Sunday April 28th, 2002 11:08 AM
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"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 "
The problem with this joker's article is that he cites DBase for Windows and Quattro as failures, but he has no real metric as to successes of rewriting. That's because most companies don't do it in the open, so they rewrite parts of their product, or the whole thing, but the general public never hears of it.
My personal opinion: Rewriting is a very risky proposition, and should be approached with much trepidation... That said, sometimes it is the most efficient way to go. I have worked on software projects where a rewrite produced much better results, and also projects where the rewrite failed miserably... To lay down an edict such as "Things you should never do", well that is just ignorant.