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By: JD on EP

Sat, 25 Aug 2007 04:49:30 +0000

WebRunner, XULRunner...

WebRunner, XULRunner: Seems like Firefox 3 can be passed an initialization file when started by command line, with the result that it starts up as your interface, rather than the viewer's normal Firefox layout. Mark Finkle has the source post here. ...

By: mawrya

Sat, 25 Aug 2007 03:12:14 +0000

Mike -

Thanks for laying things out clearly. I feel enlightened. Of course now I have all these shiny platforms and need to pick one. It would be great to see something on MozDev along the lines of a choice matrix that helps you choose what would be best for your situation - you know a comparison of pros and cons. Everyone's different of course, but it would at least point you a general direction. Basically what you have but more pros/cons to consider.


By: skierpage

Sat, 25 Aug 2007 00:01:52 +0000

I'm using -app to load little test XUL apps to see if bugs are in Firefox builds or the underlying toolkit. Also it's a great way to start up a "clean" browser instance while FF continues to run, to see if a browser problem clears up without your extensions and profile loaded.

I realize there's a risk if big XUL projects tie into the Firefox platform upgrade, but I would love to see more Mozilla-based apps provided as simple XUL packages. Fewer runtimes, fewer EXEs to install and uninstall, less disk usage, and less runtime memory usage through shared code (I think?).

XUL-based projects could offer a "Download SuperApp as XULRunner (Smaller download) Use this if you have Firefox 3 installed and you're familiar with XUL applications".

Then should Firefox version change, the code could report a friendlier "SuperApp needs a version of the Mozilla platform between 1.8 to 1.9.1, but your Firefox is at 1.9.2. Download the appropriate platform code from to continue ..."

Anyway, great stuff! I

By: Asa Dotzler - Firefox and more

Fri, 24 Aug 2007 21:41:04 +0000

following up on webrunner...

Mike Shaver has a great blog post up today that I think goes a long way to clarifying the Mozilla platform story. All that, and it's less than 500 words long. Do read this.......