MozillaZine

Request From MZ

Monday September 13th, 1999

There has been mention in a previous forum that IE's rendering engine on the Mac (Tasman) utilizes Mozilla code. However, no proof was given of this (and we find it hard to believe, to tell you the truth). We're interested in knowing one way or another, so if someone could provide more information, we'd appreciate it. Until then we'll view this as nothing more than rumour.


#12 Trick Reverse Engineering...

by SomeSmartAss

Tuesday September 14th, 1999 11:48 AM

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The Trick to reverse engineering is to have two groups of people.

The first, who use the product, actually have abide to the shrink-wrap agreement. What they do is document every nuance of the initial product, how it works, what it seems to do, and what the quirks are... etc. very descriptive, but not *NECESARILY* for the purpose of reverse-engineering (perhaps its for an ill-fated third party "learn xxx in so-many days" type book" that never makes it to print).

The second group, who *HAPPENS* upon this wonderful documentation, and who (and this is the important part) *HAS NEVER COME INTO CONTACT WITH THE ORIGINAL PRODUCT* then goes about building a new product to the exact specifications that were spelt out.

That's reverse engineering in a nutshell.