Joel "on Software" Spolsky Switches to Mozilla Firebird
Sunday June 1st, 2003
James Tikalsky writes: "Joel Spolsky has switched to Mozilla Firebird. Having used Netscape's decision to rewrite the browser code from scratch as an example of what not to do for years, it's nice to see that he can give credit just as well as he can dish criticism. He also has a suggestion for the development team: 'My highest priority would be to implement Mozilla as a COM control that supports the same embedding interfaces as IE, so that the AOL programmers can switch to Gecko.'" Joel notes that Adam Lock is already working on a Mozilla ActiveX control.
In case you've never heard of the guy, Joel Spolsky is a software developer living in New York. He's worked for Microsoft in the past and today runs his own company called Fog Creek Software. He has his own weblog, Joel on Software, where he regularly writes about software project management issues.
its particularly ironic since moz firebird is a rewrite of a rewrite of sorts. a lot of joel's articles piss me off, especially since so many people quote him as some infallible demi-god, which is insane. but i think i just gained some respect for him.
as for making gecko support ie's interfaces, it would be useless to AOL since they've prooven they are able (but aprently not willing) to use gecko right now, but it would be *extrememly* usefull for all the other applications out there that embed ie (winamp, soulseek, kazaa off the top of my head)