Weekend Discussion

Friday February 18th, 2000

What *one* feature would you most like Mozilla to have by final release? If it's already on the slate to be in the final release, let us know why it's important to you. Just click the Responses link to join the conversation! Our forums are quite civil, and we'd love to hear your opinions.

#96 Re: Um....

by roman

Saturday February 19th, 2000 5:11 PM

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Java won't save a lot of work because you have to deal with differencies among different implementations and versions of JVM. Ensuring that the user has a version of JVM that your stuff can work with is not easy. Using your own COM object is a lot more reliable. During a page download, I can push the right COM object, but I can't tell the user that he/she needs to update the JVM and come back to this page another time.

I think you misunderstand the idea behind COM. You are not supposed to "take a compiled binary for i386 and pop it over to a SPARC or anything." COM provides a specification for an object interface. You are supposed to compile a binary for each platform you are going to deal with. COM allows you to rely on being able to call the same method on a COM object on different platforms.