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Lockergnome: Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer

Wednesday June 16th, 2004

Chris Pirillo wrote in to tell us about a new article on Lockergnome entitled Why You Should Dump Internet Explorer: "The time has come to dump Internet Explorer. I know, I know — you may have heard the same thing before from those that think it's cool to hate Microsoft; but I'm not one of those guys. I'm actually an MCSE and I happen to like quite a few of Microsoft's products. Rather than lump me into the Microsoft-basher category, consider for a moment why you use the browser you use, and humor me by entertaining the notion — if even for a second — that switching to another might be worth your while..."


#12 Re: Re: You'll always need IE.

by pcx99

Thursday June 17th, 2004 6:05 AM

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You obviously don't play around in the blogsphere or in intranets that use DHTML as a user interface. In fact I will go so far as to say that mozillia is passing up a fantastic once in a decade opportunity to take the lead back from IE because it won't offer IE compatability and then extend DHTML to make developing intranet and web applications easier. I read a very interesting article yesterday on slashdot that argued (successfully IMHO) that MS had lost the API wars to the developers who choose to develop to web standards (SQL database, backend scripting -- php, asp, jsp, and then DHTML/Javascript/Java). MS saw this of course which is why they stopped developing IE and DHTML because if they continued the DHTML/Javascript would become the new interface API for 99% of all the developers out there and that's platform independance and it's not MS. It's a really interesting read I highly recommend it ( <http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/APIWar.html> ) But until mozilla offers 100% IE compatibility (so developers don't have to go back and waste time redeveloping old stuff) and then starts offering something better, mozilla simply isn't going to be able to captialize on this golden opportunity.