STQE Magazine Reviews Tinderbox 2.0

Thursday September 4th, 2003

Tinderbox 2.0 author Ken Estes wrote in to tell us that he has written an in-depth review of the tool for the September/October 2003 issue of STQE magazine. The publication appears to be subscription-only but there is an online page with some supplementary information available.

Anyone who has ever checked in any Mozilla code will know the importance of visiting the relevant Tinderbox page (such as the one for the main SeaMonkey tree) before proceeding. It states whether the tree is open or closed, shows on which platforms the latest code successfully compiles and provides a list of recent checkins. It can also display important announcements and other information. There are three different versions of Tinderbox in existence: the original Tinderbox 1.0, which powers's Tinderbox pages, Estes' Tinderbox 2.0 rewrite, and John Keiser's Tinderbox 3.

#1 Can anyone explain the 2/3 difference?

by MarkHB

Friday September 5th, 2003 6:33 AM

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I've casually looked into deploying Tinderbox, but I'm confused by the presence of both tbox2 and tbox3. I understand that the original is highly Netscape-specific, but why 2 separate rewrites? What are the feature differences, and which is the more llikely to be maintained / stable going forward?