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!

#49 Cold Fusion is living and growing.

by Anon

Friday August 6th, 1999 8:53 AM

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Care to back that up with statistics, please?

Cold Fusion has a lot of sales, PC Magazine has declared it to be superior to ASP and other ways to drive dynamic sites, and it gains in market share, converts, etc. Plus with the new Java technology and support, it runs on Unix and soon Linux.

PHP doesn't have enough good documentation and flexibility to beat CF.

As far as Mozilla is concerned--uh, where's the beef? Can you expect people to keep waiting for a long delayed update to Netscape.

It's easy to dismiss these off-the-cuff statements, but attacking Cold Fusion only just shows me the narrow-minded nature of some of the Mozilla fans.