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About the Author
David has been involved in the Mozilla community for more than three years. He started the Mozilla development effort at Alphanumerica and set up the first two Mozilla Developer Meetings. At Alphanumerica David worked with Pete Collins on a number of Mozilla application including Aphrodite, Total Recall, and Chameleon. Pete and David also founded mozdev.org, a site offering free hosting for Mozilla applications. There are currently over 70 development projects hosted on the site. David has also written a number of articles about Mozilla including 'Getting Your Work Into Mozilla' and a series of articles discussing how to use Mozilla technologies to create a Pacman-like video game.
Ian Oeschger is Senior Principal Writer at Netscape Communications, where mozilla.org was started over three years ago. His abiding interest in language is the basis for some of his more recent infatuations with Python, XML, web application development, and linguistics. He maintains a number of the XPFE documents on mozilla.org, including the XUL and DOM References. Ian published several articles about XML and mozilla application development for O'Reilly, and also wrote the themes documentation for Netscape, the XPInstall API Reference, and others. Before getting involved with Mozilla and Netscape, he worked at Oceania, a startup doing XML-based electronic medical records and charting software.
Pete got involved with the Mozilla project in April 1999 as a contributor to the editor module. He was also the first external developer to start documenting xul. His initial efforts were a remote, web enabled script editor and a community driven rewrite of the existing Mozilla UI. The project was later named Aphrodite. In January 2000, he joined with David Boswell and the Alphanumerica team. Together they evangelized Mozilla as a viable application platform through the many projects they created and Mozilla developer meetings they organized. Currently a software engineer employed by WorldGate, Pete is working on customizing Mozilla for their TV Internet Client Software. He is the co-founder of mozdev.org a site dedicated to Mozilla based projects. He is a regular Mozilla comitter and owner of various Mozdev projects including jslib and Chameleon.
Eric has been doing Mozilla development since Spring 2000, starting off with an instant-messenger client called Jabberzilla. He enjoys exploring opportunities of Jabber and Mozilla working together with new implementations, such as a collaborative whiteboard and real-time web content demonstrations. In 2002, Eric is looking forward to joining the workforce with a recent computer science degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Working on Mozilla projects has been a great resume-builder for him, and will always be an important part of his life to reflect on.
Top Customer Reviews
Clearly, the authors did not sit down and make a coherent plan of what the best way to introduce each topic to the neophyte. This stands in stark contrast to the various O'Reilly Perl books that always seem to give the overview in clear terms and then flesh it out, instead of diving into the middle and trying to explain it as you go.
The only reason right now to get this book is because it appears to be the only (or one of the only) ones on the topic at this time. Hopefully _Rapid Application Development with Mozilla_ due out in November this year will get it right.
Chapters 7-12 cover more exotic and difficult aspects of Mozilla
programming such as the Extensible Binding Language (XBL), XPCOM (Mozilla's component object model), and accessing web services from XUL applications. These chapters are very dense in technical details, with good references to online resources for further study. Overall, I found this book to be a very succinct source of accurate information about building applications with Mozilla.Read more ›
I am puzzled that other reviewers claim XUL and Mozilla are not ready for mainstream since the fact that an entire browser, mail, chat, editor, JS debugger and hundreds more third party extensions and apps have been written using it demonstrates it is. It certainly needs tools and add robustness, but it is already a viable and strong technology for producing platform neutral applications.
It is well worth the money, however it should be revised to reflect the latest Mozilla developments. As an added bonus, the source for this book is actually online so you can evaluate it yourself at books.mozdev.org before buying it.
Most recent customer reviews
This was the first Mozilla XUL book that I read; I now have Nigel McFarlane's book as well. I find it useful to have more than one reference book as I can often find things in one... Read morePublished on April 18 2004 by A. J. Austin
The reviews sounded so upbeat. Lots of examples that work easily. Unfortunately the examples don't work. This is readily apparent in the first few chapters. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2002
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