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.

#24 They left out the most interesting artical

by ed_welch

Tuesday June 3rd, 2003 9:08 AM

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if you use Mozilla via the embedding API then you have full control how your app behaves regardless of any security settings on the PC. The IE component is accessed via a much simpler API (ActiveX) and it *is* effected by security settings - it's too dumb to release that it's parent app is accessing it and in this case the security settings are not appropiate. If you wrote an application with the IE component, there is a chance that now it won't run on Windows 2003. You have to get your users to change their security settings, which could be a large waste of resources if you have a large customer base.