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Mozilla vs. .Net?

Friday February 9th, 2001

Ian Davey writes:
"An interesting article 'Mozilla takes on Microsoft.Net' has appeared at ZDNet with some quotes from the Mozilla community, and Microsoft's early attempts at spinning (and misunderstanding) XUL."


#4 Mozilla is client side only

by jilles

Monday February 12th, 2001 10:05 AM

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.Net is being launched as server side technology mainly. Mozilla on the other hand does not have serverside components yet (other than web servers of course).

For this reason alone, it cannot be an alternative to .Net. In fact I don't see any reason why you couldn't use both: do the server stuff using Microsoft's stuff and provide lightweight clients in the form of XUL/javascript stuff.

The only thing Mozilla has in common with .Net is that it has a object bus similar to COM. As far as I know it isn't distributed so it is definately different from DCOM. Also, as far as I know, Mozilla does not actually support SOAP or any other RPC/Messaging stuff. Not to mention database and transaction support. The reason for this is that it's a toolkit/framework for building web enabled client applications rather than powering application servers.