CNet On Communicator 5.0 Delay

Wednesday October 6th, 1999

A number of people sent in links to this news of Communicator 5.0's "delay" at CNet.

According to CNet's Paul Festa, who seems unable or unwilling to write a positive Netscape piece, "Netscape is far behind its main browser competitor, Microsoft, in two areas where it once led: technology and market share. Although it commanded about 80 percent of the desktop browser market just a few years ago, Netscape is now down to a minority position." Paul goes on to cite anonymous sources who provided him with information on XUL and a new email/IM hybrid scheme.

#8 A few thoughts on irony

by abram <>

Wednesday October 6th, 1999 2:18 PM

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Remember when irony was something you discussed in literature class? Sadly, ever since it became the subject of a top 40 song, the word "ironic" has become clichéd and misused. A prime example is found in this article:

"Ironically, a technology that should save browser makers time in the future has helped cause Netscape to be late this time around."

No, Mr. Festa, this is not an irony. It is a well accepted part of software development (and other parts of life) that taking the time to develop a solid, re-usable framework will save you time in the end. The initial investment in time results in much greater flexibility afterwards. What is happening here is not ironic; it is a case of cause and effect. I applaud the Mozilla developers for taking the time to create a rich, feature complete, extensible application.

Mr. Festa, or any of us, would have a right to criticize Netscape and the Mozilla project if it were happening behind closed doors. But Mozilla is open. If any of us have any questions about the current state of its development, all that we need to do is download the latest build. Having used Mozilla (on both Linux and Windows), I can see the amount of effort that has gone into it, and I can see the quality product that has resulted. Mr. Festa should have done the same; at the very least it would have answered some of his questions.