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.

#17 Re: A couple of questions

by asa <>

Thursday December 5th, 2002 3:06 PM

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As I understand it, this is a JavaScript application that runs inside Mozilla. It could probably be made to run inside any browser with a sufficiently sophisticated JavaScript engine. The Mozilla platform here is really Mozilla as powerful layout and JS engines. I could be totally wrong but that's how I see it. The thing that makes this so special, as I see it, is that it does so much of the work on the client (Mozilla + the nervemail JS code) rather than on the server like most current web apps.