Lessons from the Browser Wars
Update: This talk was good, he talked about scaling processes to different sizes and kinds of groups and the radical change the IE team saw throughout his time involved with it. He also explained why DHTML came from Microsoft and took Netscape by surprise: (paraphrasing) "Microsoft knows almost better than anyone how to build forms-based applications and DHTML was a natural extension of that knowledge". I never thought of it that way before.
I also like his discussion about Second Wave effects and how being the most innovative is not usually the way to make the best product, which reminds me of Richard Gabriel's essay "Money through Innovation Reconsidered" (from Patterns of Software).
Anyway, I think I'll be reading Scott's book.
# — 11 May, 2005