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.

#5 UI is very important

by tseelee

Sunday June 1st, 2003 11:44 PM

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One of the articles on the site discussed something I thought about recently. Some people have said Mozilla/Phoenix are still not as polished as IE. We all know why. The UI bugs, which usually have easy workarounds, are not quite as minor as bug reports may suggest. The number of dupes show why. People think of UI as representative of the progress of the project, and until we hide our flaws as well as MS does, we'll continue to be considered not as complete as IE.