The Future of Java and Mozilla...

Monday September 14th, 1998

George Giannukos writes in with a question about Java that I'd like to expand upon and pose to our readers: "...Microsoft is in court with Sun about its Java license, right? Well, I think Microsoft is definitely going to lose the case and that means Microsoft's Internet Explorer won't be able to run Java apps. Would web sites just stop making Java apps because of this?"

So, let me pose a group of interrelated questions to y'all, based on George's question. Here goes:

1. What do you feel is Java's place in Mozilla's future? In Communicator's future?

2. Should support of Java (or lack of) on IE dictate tech strategy for Mozilla and Communicator?

3. How important is Java to you? Would it continue to have as much importance to you if IE could no longer support it?

Share your comments by clicking on "talkback" on this piece's titlebar. Good way to start off a week! Thanks, George!

#1 Re:The Future of Java and Mozilla...

by Dan Price <>

Monday September 14th, 1998 6:50 AM

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1. Java is potentially very important. My company has a long term strategy of adopting java based front-ends for all desktop systems. We rely on the HTML and Java capabilities equally.

2. IE support should dictate Java support the same way IE affected HTML. Netscape, as a Sun supporter, should sit back and watch what happens. If Microsoft is allowed to subvert Java, Netscape should jump in to trying to direct the language, just like with HTML. If Microsoft toes the line, Netscape should stick with Sun Java.

3. Java is CRITICAL. IE support is not critical since we don;t use it. We don;t use IE because it is not cross platform.