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!

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

by Charles Kerr <>

Tuesday September 15th, 1998 10:49 AM

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Mozilla should support Java via Sun/Symantec's Java implementation. Java is the best game in town for running apps over the web, and Mozilla needs to support this. <p> Microsoft has already said they won't support JDK 1.2, Swing, etc., so right now I'm forcing the Java Plug-In on my customers. If Mozilla supports Java, then I'd be able to recommend Mozilla instead of Mozilla + Java Plug-In. <p> From that standpoint, it's just a convenience issue. But remember why MS licensed Java in the first place: to be competitive with Netscape. Built-in JDK 1.2 support in Mozilla would be a big plus for Mozilla where I work. <p> Java will continue to be critical to me, even if Microsoft drops it from IE.