New NetLib Project Underway

Sunday April 18th, 1999

A new Mozilla project is underway. Codenamed 'Necko', its aim is a complete overhaul of the current NetLib code, with special attention paid towards footprint, maintainability, and performance.

From the Necko page: "...the netlib kernel serves ... to act as an efficient data pipe between multiple physical transports (ie. file system, network, etc.) and a standardized stream abstraction which protocol handlers consume."

The new design will allow for customizability, platform specific substitutions for best performance, and quantitative analysis of performance.

There are a number of ways to get involved, from general feedback to standalone tests to performance optimizations and platform-specific work. They're also interested in handling Telnet via the new XUL interface, which would be a great addition to Mozilla.

#11 Re:New NetLib Project Underway

by Frederick Roeber

Tuesday April 20th, 1999 10:29 AM

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I worked on libwww in 1994/1995 when I was part of TimBL's team at CERN. Among other things, I autoconf'd it. I've worked on netlib 1.0 since joining Netscape (I'm the one who did FTP restart), and I wrote the original "replacement" netlib (which, due to schedules, missed the 4.x clients, and was taken over by various server products). I wrote the Java Netlib for the ill-fated Java Client. In short: I know networking libraries.

I'd suggest staying away from libwww.