SitePoint Introduction to XUL

Wednesday May 21st, 2003

Paul Gittings wrote in to tell us that SitePoint has an introduction to XUL by Harry Fuecks. The article looks at the technologies involved and features a short example.

#1 Ooh!! Neat Articles but Sitepoint crashed Mozilla

by zookqvalem

Thursday May 22nd, 2003 7:41 AM

Went to the Sitepoint website to read the article about XUL. Very impressive and I'm glad the reporter gave a crash course on how to configure Apache, PHP and Mozilla to use the XUL as well as writing the XML scripts. Funny! Found two Mozilla bugs when using hte Sitepoint website. One, when I make a print out of the article on webpage 1 and the printer spitted out 3 pages but only one page have the article on it while the 2nd and 3rd page is blank pages which should have contain articles. On webpage 2, after making a print out and click on the hyperlink to go to page 3. Mozilla goes sputtering, backfiring then crashed. Fortunately, the talkback report had been send to Mozilla/Netscape.

So, anyone care to try it out and see if you have this continuous problem and would anyone do the honor on filling a new bug for this? Keep me post on it.


#2 Funny name for Harry Fuecks...

by zookqvalem

Thursday May 22nd, 2003 7:42 AM

Doesn't it seem obvious that his last name, 'Fuecks' happen to stand out and look like it is trying to say the F word as in bad langauge.

#3 XUL Books

by pepejeria

Thursday May 22nd, 2003 10:51 AM

Interesting article. Thinking of buying either "Creating Applications with Mozilla" or " Essential XUL Programming". Can anyone recommend these books?

#6 Nice

by jedbro

Thursday May 22nd, 2003 8:44 PM

Personally haven't read either one (yet) But have a look at and and see witch one you fancy more.

#7 Re: XUL Books

by briank

Friday May 23rd, 2003 1:02 PM

"Creating Applications with Mozilla" ( is more up to date, based in Mozilla 1.0, yet still relevant for current releases.

#4 not bad

by miken32

Thursday May 22nd, 2003 4:56 PM

But he made it seem unneccesarily complex to serve up an XUL file. All I needed to do (knowing that my ISP runs Apache) was put a one-line .htaccess file in the directory with the XUL file, and presto, I'm serving up XUL applications! I think the ease of application authoring and setup should really be pushed, because I think XUL will prove to be a big part of winning businesses over to Gecko-based browsers. It's so much more flexible than the MS offerings, and it's all open standards.

#5 Re: not bad

by zookqvalem

Thursday May 22nd, 2003 8:26 PM

Instead of the .htaccess file, you can use the httpd.conf file instead. You don't have to...

I use all of the scripting in the httpd.conf file to keep it simple. It kind of help to have multiple files out of the way and use the httpd.conf file as the only one file that take care of everything.

#8 Titles for forums

by hfx_ben

Saturday May 24th, 2003 12:03 AM

This page should be "MozillaZine Talkback - SitePoint Introduction ...". As is, the bookmark will likely be easily confused with the article itself, which I'm about to access and bookmark.