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!

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

by Ted Halmrast <>

Monday September 14th, 1998 9:53 AM

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I think Mozilla's choice of using a pluggable API is the correct one. Hopefully Netscape/Mozilla and Sun can work together on this and see this API get incorporated into other browsers. Certainly Mozilla should push a Java-compliant VM such as Sun's as the default. It would be nice if Mozilla came bundled with the VM that the Java Plug-in installs.