[development] SoC: Multi-site administration through rich XUL client

Colin Brumelle colin at bryght.com
Thu May 4 01:57:17 UTC 2006

XULRunner does not require firefox (or other Mozilla based browsers)
to run. It's a standalone framework for building rich client apps
(Yes. even richer then AJAX). It looks sweet and perfect for the job
of an admin tool.
More info can be found here:

On 5/3/06, Khalid B <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:
> On 5/3/06, Chris Johnson <chris at tinpixel.com> wrote:
> > Boris Mann wrote:
> >
> > > This is interesting. The XUL client as Drupal installer? Kind of like
> > > some of the MySQL remote config/admin tools? It's an interesting
> > > direction, certainly.
> >
> > I only know a little about XUL.  What are the chief advantages it provides
> > over using Javascript and XMLHttpRequest (i.e. AJAX)?  A more rich set of
> > widgets?  Better event handling?
> >
> > I get the impression XUL is much lighter than Java, but it does not appear to
> > have stateful connections.  Or does it?
> >
> > I start having wild fantasies about building thin, lightweight
> > PowerBuilder/VisualBasic-like fancy clients running in Gecko browsers with
> > stateful connections to web servers and see the world as my oyster.  :-)
> >
> > So for the XUL n00bs among us (that would be me), what's it buying us here?
> Chris
> XUL is cool. See this demo for it to know what it can do.
> http://www.faser.net/mab/chrome/content/mab.xul
> My initial objection is that XUL is Mozilla only. With Mozilla having only 10%
> market share (outside tech community), it is not a solution that is cross
> browser enough to build things on.
> However, the new piece of info me is that they made "XULRunner" out of it
> which is cross platform and browser independant.
> This *may* change things a bit.

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