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.

#25 Settings made by the installer

by vcs2600 <>

Tuesday June 3rd, 2003 11:11 AM

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I can't comment on embedded Mozilla, only that many of the famous security problems in IE are done by faking the browser into thinking it's loading a trusted local page. Hopefully that's not possible in Mozilla.

However, this change isnt an end-users issue: Developers will need to change their installers to add their pages to the "ESC Trusted" list in the registry. Not to mention that W2003 is a server OS anyway.