New IRC Client
Tuesday September 7th, 1999
Robert Ginda has checked in his IRC client into the tree. Like the XSLT engine, it's not built by default yet, and according to Rob "I'm working on gettting --enable-extension=irc to work, until then making it is too much of a kludge to publish :)".
#8 Looking back...
Wednesday September 8th, 1999 3:39 AM
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I'm not particularly complaining about "bloat" as in code size. That isn't an issue as far as I'm concerned.
I just don't think something like this should become "part" of the overall product. Perhaps it's not intended to be, I don't know.
Looking back to Netscape Navigator/Communicator (3 or 4, say), the general opinion that most people I know had of it was:
"Great browser. Shame about the mail client, news client, and godawful html editor."
Now, if we're talking about Mozilla as an application platform (and applications like this IRC client being separate applications that simply require Mozilla to run, rather than a core part of Mozilla - am I correct in understanding that that will be possible once Mozilla provides some kind of basic socket api that's currently in the C code for the irc client?), that's a different issue. I think it's a pretty bad application platform (mostly for one of the many reasons why ActiveX was a bad platform - it ain't gonna work on the other browser, is it?), but I don't have any particular problems with that use, and an IRC client is certainly a cool demo that you can do something pretty complex using it.
On the other hand, if it *is* intended to become another standard built-in component like mail/news/editor... please no. :)