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.

#7 Documentation and Libraries

by andyc <>

Thursday December 5th, 2002 5:06 AM

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Hi folks, Thanks for taking the time to look at this. I've gotten a lot of helpful feedback email.

I think the end product for Nervemail will be an open codebase for delivering stand-alone programs that don't just look like desktop apps, but actually *work* like them. By that I mean that all of the program logic is in the client and the server is only used as data storage and a network proxy.

So it will be a bunch of open libraries and the accompanying documentation.

But first I've got to get it out of the Alpha phase :)

thanks again, all