Z39.50/RDF Integration Project
Thursday September 16th, 1999
A project documented at Mozilla.org aims to integrate Mozilla's RDF capability with the ANSI/NISO Z39.50 specification for information retrieval in a client/server environment. The Z39.50 protocol is used in many bibliographic and digital library applications, and the project aims to make it possible to query the thousands of Z39.50 connected servers from Mozilla, with the results appearing in Mozilla's sidebar. This is another great project brought to you by that supposedly non-existent group of third-party Mozilla developers. One of the project's contacts works for the Z39.50 Maintenance Agency. Good qualification, I would think.
Thanks to Joerg Beierle for the news.
#2 Re: "Feature Freeze!"
Friday September 17th, 1999 10:40 AM
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I agree with this in principle, but I don't think there are any changes in policy or in action which need to be taken by the core Moz devel team. The Netscape engineers are pretty much solely working on bugs and features outlined by the milestone plan, and IIRC a feature freeze is due up when we hit M12.
Also, you have to understand, there is a very steep learning curve to become conversant in even a small chunk of the Moz code -- this means that external developers will find it significantly easier to create extras than to create the core.
That said, you do have a point: if we keep throwing more junk on Mozilla, it could very well get big and ugly. That is what the component architecture is all about. The more modules written for the component architecture there are, the more popular Moz ought to be; and for those who like their applications separate, their needs are met as well. Point is, progress on components does not affect progress on the core, but we could indeed use more people working on the core, which is where the lack of external developers lies....