Composer Voted Third Best Web Development Tool in Readers' Choice Awards

Monday December 1st, 2003

irongut writes in with news that Mozilla Composer 1.5 came third in the Best Web Development Tool category of the CNET 2nd Annual Readers' Choice Awards: "Their commentary says: 'Mozilla's relatively high showing is a bit of a surprise because, frankly, I never considered it to be a development tool. Perhaps those members using Mozilla would like to share with us what they like about it as a Web development tool.' Obviously they've never heard of Venkman."

#3 Re: target audience

by jgraham

Monday December 1st, 2003 3:16 PM

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I suspect that labelling the axis 'Mozilla composer 1.5' is misleading. I'd guess the abilities of the suite taken as a whole (or alternatively, Firebird + standalone composer + DOM Inspector + Venkman + extensions) is what is attractive. There is a web-development methodology currently en-vouge with people who care about standards which encourages development in the most standards compliant browser first and then hacking the design to work in other browsers. Since this methodology favours people who actually do all the coding in somthing simple like emacs(!) (or notepad or BB Edit, or whatever), it makes sense that they might vote for Mozilla as the best web development environment, since not only does it provide an excellent rendering engine, but it also provides a lot of supporting tools (DOMI+Venkman+etc.) that are needed if you actually code in a text editor.