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.
#11 Re: My Reaction
Monday June 2nd, 2003 6:05 AM
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What's wrong with having a piece of software work the way you think it should? I thought that was kind of the point of the User Interface in the first place. Also, judging by the roaring popularity of Mozilla Firebird, I think that he is not alone in his thinking. I myself am using Firebird because I like it's easily customizable UI, lack of unnecesary features and speed. Mozilla 1.4 is a great browser but it is definitely bulky and unwieldy for the average human to use.