Help Sun and Mozilla with new 'Pluglet' API Spec
Tuesday August 3rd, 1999
Akhil Arora of Sun writes,
"Help define the Pluglet API
A Pluglet is a Plugin that is written in Java. A draft of the Pluglet API specification has been posted here. We would like Plugin writers to get involved in defining the API. Does it meet your needs? What additional feature would you like added to it? What pet peeve of yours would you like fixed? Please talkback at the netscape.public.mozilla.java newsgroup [at news.mozilla.org] or the email@example.com mailing list."
#18 Pluglets could be better than ActiveX
Sunday August 8th, 1999 9:24 AM
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From what I got out of the spec is that pluglets are more flexible than ActiveX controls. ActiveX is a very flexible component system if your running Windoze. My company has been able to use ActiveX to Run a web browser interface to our web application server. Basically, with teh activex control, the application server can run locally off of teh CD-ROM without an internet connection. The control can query the database and generate responses in an HTML format. We can only to that with ActiveX at the moment. If we used plug-ins and teh lay out had frames, we would need a plugin to be loaded with each frame.
The Beatuty of the Pluglet spec ( from what I got so far) is that the pluglet can have complete control over the browser using the embeded application model. This model allows you to embed the mozilla browser into your app. The best part about all of this is that it is entirely cross-platform. Given Netscape great track record for cross-platform compatibility, I'm very ecited about this project. I hope this helps.