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.

#5 libwww comparison? New NetLib Project Underway

by Jim Kingdon

Sunday April 18th, 1999 2:52 PM

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Has anyone written up a comparison of how this might relate to libwww? Like in terms of technical features of each, whether Necko will be able to replace libwww (perhaps with a layer which provides the traditional libwww API?), whether there is any cooperation possible in terms of test suites, etc? The kinds of collaborations I describe in the above paragraph are easier said than done, so it is entirely possible that there isn't much to talk about or do, but I do have an intuition that there is probably _some_ mutually beneficial activity lurking here somewhere. libwww is here: <>