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 mozilla.org's Tinderbox pages, Estes' Tinderbox 2.0 rewrite, and John Keiser's Tinderbox 3.
#3 Netscape specific?
Sunday September 7th, 2003 11:41 AM
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Actually, tbox1 is not netscape-specific; I've installed it on a number of sites with good results. As for the multiplicity of versions, each rewrite seems to have focused on certain aspects of the tool, and I don't think there was a lot of coordination, or we'd really have a single distribution.
It seems not many people have time to hack on the webtools apart from bugzilla, and their non-production-quality status shows in the difficult installation, obscure setup procedure, and general lack of polish. However, once you do get them running, they are amazingly cool.