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.

#18 Asa's right. About everything, actually :)

by andyc <>

Thursday December 5th, 2002 3:51 PM

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This doesn't use any of the fancy Mozilla-as-a-platform tools. I actually didn't know about them when I started this project way back when with Moz 0.9. This uses Gecko and JS.

I chose Mozilla over IE because it broadly supports the juicy parts of the W3C DOM that make this kind of thing possible. And being able to work with the W3C specs as my main documentation was a nice feeling.

I wanted to build a client that could be moved easily from server to server.