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.
#38 Re: UNFOUNDED security concerns
Friday December 6th, 2002 2:13 PM
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"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."
Kind of like an active X? or Bonzie Buddy? While It is possible to do this with XUL, but you still have to agree to download and install the app. Last time I checked, there wasn't a "Accept all XUL app installs" security preference.
While these extensions *may* cause security issues for idiots whjo install anything/everything. The implications of splitting an app, soi that half sits as a shell on your machine, and the othe lives on a server somewhere are mind-boggling.