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Weekend Discussion

Friday March 24th, 2000

Time for another weekend discussion. The question this weekend:

What do you feel is an appropriate level of integration between a browser and an Operating System? And at the other end of the spectrum, what are your feelings about Mozilla's cross-platform approach?


#51 Re: XPCOM and XUL are the future

by ttielkes <t.r.tiekes@zap.a2000.nl>

Sunday March 26th, 2000 5:01 PM

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I agree with you, however, XPCOM and XUL are pretty hard to use for, say, an average VB programmer. Microsoft put years of development into the Visual Studio tools, and it shows.

OTOH, I see most VB/Delphi apps migrating to browser-based webapps in the next years. This will probably show with the release of Visual Studio 7 with the Web Forms and ASP+.

If Mozilla wants to be able to run similar apps (DHTML UI and XML data), it better get some good XML support. IE4 had *TWO* XMLDOM parsers (C++ and Java) and an XML DSO (databinding). This was back in 1997.(Check out this sample from Drew Marsh: <http://bowery.nyc.proxicom.com/JavaCOM/dhtml.htm> )

To me, it seems the Mozilla vision is: "We're going to build a nice HTML renderer". Microsoft says: "We're going to build the future application platform"