What happened to hiring an architect?

Disaster Master disasterlistmanager at gmail.com
Sat Dec 10 15:39:31 UTC 2016

On 12/9/2016 11:28 PM, Andrew Sutherland <asutherland at asutherland.org>
> On Fri, Dec 9, 2016, at 03:25 PM, Ben Bucksch wrote:
>> So, our only long-term option is to rewrite. And this *is* the job for 
>> an architect.
> I'm not sure an architect is really needed.
> If everyone is on board with a re-write, then I think we can argue that
> the Firefox OS email app backend developed by myself and others covers
> the re-write architecture case.  (tb-planning-participant-wise, :squib
> was involved with the pre-conversations work, and we switched over to
> :jcranmer's excellent JSMime lib for parsing.)  It was informed by years
> of working on Thunderbird and with knowledge of gecko internals.  And
> I've been planning to get back to that after a breather following the
> Firefox OS shutdown.
> If something more evolutionary is desired, then I'm not sure we're going
> to find someone with more expertise and experience than :rkent.  (Unless
> :bienvenu decides to become a Thunderbird hacker again!)

Sounds promising. Presumably you're talking about the Gaia/Email app? Or
something else? Are there any details available? Like for the
re-architecture plan itself - is it complete? And/or, how much work has
already been done and what is left to do?

Thanks Andrew
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