Jeremy Allaire on the Death of Mozilla

Saturday July 31st, 1999

Tony Gorman has news of some interesting statements from Allaire Corporation's Jeremy Allaire. Tony writes:

"Jeremy Allaire of ColdFusion fame has gone on record saying that ColdFusion no longer supports the Netscape browser. In this month's issue of the UK Internet magazine 'Webspace', JA states that 'Netscape is dead and so is the Mozilla project'. Tough words for fans of the Netscape browser. He goes on to argue that widespread of DHTML has been held back by Netscape's idiosyncratic implementation and only Microsoft offers a useful platform...

I would love to write this guy off... but Allaire isn't exactly a no hope company. Should his words be left to stand? I hope not."

Webspace apparently doesn't have a website, so I can't confirm this. However, if it is true, Jeremy's statements show an appalling lack of understanding of the status of DHTML at this point in time. IE's DHTML isn't standards compliant (neither is Communicator 4.6's DHTML) and thus any judgement regarding it must be tempered by the fact that much of the "usefulness" is probably derived from MS proprietary extensions that no other browser maker should feel obligated to duplicate. Maybe some of you more knowledgable people out there could give some background on how IE's current DOM implementation is lacking in terms of standards compliance.

UPDATE:Jeremy Allaire has a response in our forums, so be sure to check it out. Thanks Jeremy!

#34 Jeremy Allaire on the Death of Mozilla

by Anon

Monday August 2nd, 1999 10:28 AM

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I don't consider myself nearly as technically astute as the majority of the folks reading this... but I do have to say that from the "business" side of the isle... the delay in a release of a browser has really erroded any hope in the minds of a lot of companies that Netscape will ever be able to challenge MSIE as a browser on anything but UNIX boxes/linux boxes and other fringe market platforms. Yes... I know... these "fringe market" platforms still represent a ton of computing cycles in business... but the folks making the decisions where it matters think a computer is something you play solitare on... unless your IS department has removed it too...

I think that JAllaire's comments can be taken as a symbol of the frustration level with the lack of delivered product... and a little MS Grandstanding... but trashing ColdFusion... a wonderful product... just ain't the way to look at this. It is anti-productive... and won't gain anything more than wasted time on a "non-issue." The guy spoke his mind... we're speaking ours. Let the marketplace decide whether or not he's right, or not.

just my opinion... ymmv.