Tuesday September 28th, 1999
4.7 is out and available and available for download here. Get it while it's hot.
#37 Feeling Sorry for Netscape
Wednesday September 29th, 1999 11:56 PM
You are replying to this message
"the layer problem" can not be fixed with a few lines of code. It has to do with the fact that NS4 always draws widgets on the highest "layer" because the widgets are native (OS) widgets that don't support z-ordering, clipping etc.
IE4&5 have gfx widgets, just like Mozilla, so you can do clipping, z-ordering, background images etc. in them.
"Java is flawed, ask any Java developer". Well, I happen to be a Java developer. I write 99% server side stuff, but I still have enough experience from applets that I can say that Netscape's Java is equally "flawed" as Microsoft's version. Some things are done slightly differently in the browsers, but the big sticking point is that RMI and JNI (especially RMI) is missing from MS. The typical comment is "it's flawed, ask anyone", but nobody ever gives any reason WHY it is flawed.
Even in *COURT*, Sun only mentioned JNI, because MS now has an RMI implementation, and every single other part of their VM passes the compatibility tests!
And resizing the browser shows the speed of the renderer. Another good way is to load one of the Mozilla stress tests and check out how fast it loads on IE4&5 vs NS4.