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.

#13 But firebird is done just as he sais it should be


Monday June 2nd, 2003 9:13 AM

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> particularly ironic since moz firebird is a rewrite of a rewrite of sorts.

Yes, but it's done just as he recomends, keep/reuse the bulk of the code and rewrite only the parts that really sucks :)

Not that I agree with him in the specific Gecko 4 -> 5 rewrite, because I do think that getting NS4 to work as lightning fast and correct with CSS as v5 does would have meant a monumental task. NS4 didn't even have CSS at all (it's just a patch made with javascript, turn off JS and the little CSS it supports is gone too).