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.

#20 Re: My Reaction

by Desmodromic

Tuesday June 3rd, 2003 1:57 AM

You are replying to this message

Bud, Java IS crap, a huge steaming pile, although I don't think that .Net is God's gift to programmers. As is usually the case with God's gifts, it was given long ago and largely not known for what it was at the time: Lisp.

That said, just because something rips off the features of something else doesn't mean that it's inferior. Welcome to the age of refinement. There are enough true features to .Net that aren't ripped off to make it relevant, and the rest that was ripped off, well, you might just as well get angry at George Lucas for ripping off the Lensmen to create Jedis (please don't argue a pile of "myth" crap) or pissed off at the creators Halo for ripping off Larry Niven's Ringworld story for the Halo concept, which in turn was ripped off from true science and Dr. Freeman Dyson, who, as a scientist, has a history of being in a fraternity of individuals that make 99% of the progress in their respective fields by ripping off the research of previous generations. Yeah, sure, it's ALL properly attributed ...