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Netscape and ActiveState To Cooperate on Development

Wednesday May 24th, 2000

Bill Stilwell writes, "Found this over at lwn.net daily - Netscape and ActiveState have announced a deal where they will cooperate on their development projects. ActiveState gets Javascript, while ActiveState will donate its Python and Perl work to the Mozilla project.

"JavaScript will join Perl and Python as supported languages in ActiveState's powerful Komodo integrated development environment. This will allow Web developers to edit, run and debug their JavaScript programs in a professional-class development tool fully oriented to the Web, while maintaining a close integration with the browser. In turn, Perl and Python will join JavaScript as programming languages in Mozilla, thereby making it easier for Open Source programmers to use the Mozilla framework, and giving Mozilla developers access to additional scripting technologies."


#17 How useful would this be?

by gwalla <gwalla@despammed.com>

Thursday May 25th, 2000 12:15 AM

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I wonder if this would really have an impact. Sure, Perl and Python are great. But JavaScript works in all scripting-enhanced browsers (if you play your cards right). If Perl and/or Python make it in, I think they'd be fairly ghettoized, like how HTML-embedded VBScript is now. They would also cause some serious bloat.

There are good reasons for a single, standard web scripting language.

However, making mozilla scriptable *by* Perl and Python seems like a good idea. Additionally, does anyone know what AppleEvents Mac Mozilla supports besides the four basics, if any? AppleEvents allow scriptability on Macintosh by any language, including AppleScript.