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.

#32 security concerns

by thbecker

Friday December 6th, 2002 5:37 AM

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To be honest I'm shocked. Is it possible to load "DOM code" with a single click into Mozilla and this code could then read my files, send them to the network, and do other unwanted things?

I trust Mozilla to a certain degree because I somewhat know -- at least I hope -- what local information is accessed and what is sent to the network. But if it's so simple to extend the browser to an arbitrary application, maybe even without a notice to the user, I'm really concerned. Is there a "sandbox" for Mozilla like e.g. for JAVA?

The "proof of the power of the lizard" is really impressive, though.