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Delivering Rich Web-based Applications with Mozilla

Wednesday December 4th, 2002

Andy Cavatorta writes: "Mozilla can be used to deliver rich stand-alone applications as easily as you can deliver documents. And I brought proof!

"My example is a client program that generates and manages a rich GUI, processes data, and communicates with the server in the background. There's even some server push and snap-in code libraries. And it's all W3C compliant. Proof of the power of the lizard!"

Andy's application is an email client called Nervemail which runs entirely in a browser. It allows you to set up multiple POP3 mail accounts and then access your messages through a Web-based GUI. A demo is available on the site. If you decide to set up an account, remember that the application is still in the alpha stage of development, so don't rely on it for anything important. You'll probably want to check the 'leave mail on server' box for each of your POP3 accounts (in Edit > Options) so that you can still collect your mail with your regular email client.


#16 Re: How is this new?

by Beafsteak <christian.mattar@fh-aachen.de>

Thursday December 5th, 2002 2:41 PM

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Well, as far as I can tell all these pages just use normal HTML with CSS stylings and have all the real work done on the server, i.e. sending completely new pages for every datasource access. This is nothing new really, I bet with a little bit work even NS 4.x could have done this. Nervemail on the other hand just sends the data itself to the client, which then dynamically constructs a HTML (or in this case XUL I think) page on it's own.