'Rapid Application Development with Mozilla' Author Interviewed by (Part 1)

Wednesday January 7th, 2004 has published the first part of an interview with Nigel McFarlane, author of Rapid Application Development with Mozilla. In the interview, McFarlane discusses how enterprises can build on the Mozilla platform when developing tools for their own in-house use and explains how Mozilla's cross-platform nature makes it perfect for mixed computing environments. In another recent article, McFarlane supplies some tips for deciding whether to use Mozilla in an enterprise IT setting.

#7 Re: It's bloody difficult

by ndeakin

Thursday January 8th, 2004 8:48 AM

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Mozilla Firebird is a "Technology Preview" and thus compatibility isn't guaranteed between any of its versions. has only released two (perhaps three) versions that are considered stable APIs. Many extension developers, however, continually update their code for every Mozilla and Firebird release, and often nightly builds.

Many of the 'trival extensions' often rely on specific features of the browser, such as things to overlay, code in navigator.js/browser.js and certain UI. It isn't possible to maintain complete compatibility in many cases. I don't know of any application that allows the level of customization that Mozilla does. The power comes at a cost in compatibility.