I just read Matt Haughey's blog entry on RSS native parsing in the next Firebird.

I was checking out the nightly builds of Firebird 0.8 betas (windows and linux, mac) and they've got an rss button and panel that parses RSS, with titles linking to the main window.

Gasp! The first thing I thought was how could I have missed something like this? When rationality took over, I began to feel pretty sure that Matt Haughey had made an honest mistake - there is not going to be a native RSS reader panel in Firebird 0.8 (or any future releases for that matter).

I did some Googling and satisfied myself with some answers. Firstly, there is no mention of a RSS reader in the Firebird Roadmap - even the phrase RSS didn't turn up. Secondly, there exists a Firebird extension, RSS Reader Panel, which looks very similar to Matt's screenshot. Thirdly, I trusted myself to know if there was something like this coming up in my beloved Mozilla Firebird.

Thankfully enough. An RSS reader sidepanel included by default would be widely protested by many (including yours truly) I would surmise. Bloat is one thing, having something like that in a web browser that promises to trim off the fat surely goes against it's standing principles.

Update: I forgot to add the reason why Matt Haughey could be experiencing this. It is entirely possible that he had previously installed the RSS Reader panel extension into his Firebird profile and summarily forgotten about such a fact. And yeah I wanted to contact him about it, but comments aren't allowed and I can't find an email address anywhere. If anyone knows how I can contact him please let me know ASAP.

Update 2: Nevermind I found his email address.

Update 3: I got through to Matt and he has made amendments to his blog entry. Yay!