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Places History Landed on SeaMonkey Trunk!

As I mentioned before, I've been working on places history UI for some time now to finish up the switch of SeaMonkey trunk to places on the history side of things. (No, we're not changing anything related to bookmarks at this stage!)

After a few iterations of the patch, we've now arrived at a stage where we decided to land it in trunk - the point of time after alpha 2 and early in the alpha 3 cycle is carefully decided, as we know it's a large change and the current state is not perfect yet. It also needs a good amount of testing and feedback before before releasing it on a wider audience, esp. since it touches a core feature of the browser.

So, what does that mean for a user of SeaMonkey nightlies or self-compiled trunk builds? Here are the main differences between the old and new history implementations:

New features:Unchanged features (among others):Missing features:
Some of those missing features will be implemented with patches following up on the big landing done right now - we hope to get things like grouping in the history window even before alpha 3. We also will be adding a few UI preferences based on this work, esp. for tweaking how the location bar search algorithm works - the new code gives us some possibilities there but we didn't stuff this into the current patch to not make it even larger than it is now.

If you're not too fond of what you heard about the location bar search algorithm (which is basically the same as used by Firefox 3), please give it a try for at least a week of daily browsing, it learns from what entries in the search results you actually choose to load, and you won't see its full extent unless you give it this possibility to learn how important which sites are to you.

I hope that in the end, the increased amount of history stored and the improved search capabilities will enhance our users' browsing experience as much as it will delight anyone who has had the misfortune to read the source of the mork history. ;-)

Entry written by KaiRo and posted on December 7th, 2008 14:21 | Tags: Mozilla, places, SeaMonkey, SeaMonkey 2 | 6 comments


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    Excellent, thank you for your work!

    Does it mean the improvements to the Firefox "places" implementation will affect Seamonkey, too? Or is Firefox implementation different?

    > Storing more history (180 days instead of 9 days by default) without performance decrease or memory increase

    Well, I'm tracking a couple of performance in Places, in particular bug 223476 makes interacting with Firefox painfully slow:

    I'm wondering if Seamonkey will be affected by this, too.
    2008-12-07 16:19



    We're directly using the toolkit implementaion of places, so, yes, all deficiencies and improvements in the backend used by Firefox 3.1 development builds are also in SeaMonkey 2 development builds.
    One reason why we're doing this is to get away from having our own, separate, history backend and using a common one where we share the code with Firefox (and Fennec).
    2008-12-07 17:06


    from Mississauga

    Will the preferences used to tweak the search results match (and possibly expand on) the ones in Firefox, or will they be completely different?
    2008-12-08 01:10


    >>>No, we're not changing anything related to bookmarks at this stage!

    What related to bookmarks will be changed at next stages?
    It's so easy to work with HTML bookmarks...
    2008-12-08 21:18

    Jens Hatlak

    from Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    I appreciate all of this. The ability to find something in the middle of a URL or within a title of a visited site is really helpful, especially when combined with a comprehensive history.
    2008-12-09 00:37


    Hooray! I've been waiting for this development for a long time -- almost half a decade ago, I supported bugs related to replacing mork with a better database engine, which ended up being SQLite. I've been tempted to go the Firefox route for this very reason, but have been holding out for SeaMonkey to catch up. Much thanks for the hard work.
    2008-12-11 00:45

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