ActiveState to Build Cross-Platform IDE Using Mozilla Foundation!

Thursday May 25th, 2000

Mitchell Baker wrote in to tell us that ActiveState is also using Mozilla as foundation of its cross platform IDE "Komodo."

Again, this damn "Mozilla is a platform" meme keeps turning up, refusing to be squashed by the "Mozilla should only be a browser" naysayers (the same folks, mind you, who admit that Microsoft is turning IE into a platform as well). When a company like ActiveState throws its development muscle behind Mozilla as it has with this announcement, it proves that Mozilla is actually being recognized as a key to future cross-platform development.

#15 Re: Er, I wasn't suggesting banning anything

by svn <>

Friday May 26th, 2000 2:08 PM

You are replying to this message

It wasn't specifically your comment that I was addressing, but there is an impression Nestcape may be neglecting its "core competency" of building a browser. My post was just to argue that probably wasn't true.

Anyway, I would agree with you that Mozilla will never be a platform in the same sense as Java, certainly not in back-end applications (although XPCOM and NSPR may be useful in a C++ context). But it could be a good front-end UI platform, like client-side Java. I do think it is more than just a glorified toolkit, though. Its competitors would be cross-platform stuff like Java.