Bill Joy of Sun Spreads Little Joy

Thursday May 6th, 1999

Wishiknew writes, "In a 1 1/2 hour lecture to a University of Washington's computer science class, Chief Scientist Bill Joy of Sun Microsystems Inc. criticized Netscape Communications 'Mozilla' effort for it's inability to 'take off', despite being an open source project."

And he managed to plug Jini and Java quite a bit as well, I see. I wish there was a transcript or audio file of the event.

#16 Re:Bill Joy of Sun Spreads Little Joy

by BrowsersAreComplex

Friday May 7th, 1999 11:47 AM

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Well, you brought up a good point. There are open-source browsers like Mnemonic and Konqueror, but they are no better than Mozilla, and actually worse as far as rendering engines go.

If open-source (real open-source, not corporate backed OSS) ever gets a complete CSS compliant browser, it will be because of one or two super smart individuals, who probably used to work at Adobe or Spyglass or in the SGML industry, and decided to start a project and seed the code.

But, if you take a look at the rendering engines in Jazilla/Jozilla/Mnemonic/Konqueror they all suck (slower and incorrect rendering)

A CSS rendering engine has a *FAR* higher cyclomatic complexity than an average application, and the number of test cases to get full path and statement coverage is astronomical.