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Rapid Application Development with Mozilla™ by Nigel McFarlane

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17.6. Summary

The XPInstall subsystem of the Mozilla Platform has many faces and can be exploited in many ways. Application programmers who don't want to learn how to build and package the platform itself use only a few of these faces.

The most attractive of the XPInstall technologies is remote install. Remote install holds the promise of delivering to users and customers service-provision software that has a low cost of distribution and the possibility of ongoing updates.

The mostly portable XPInstall system highly complements the other portable aspects of Mozilla applications. Rather than dividing the world into Visual Basic, AppleScript, and Perl, Mozilla-based applications can be uniformly deployed and used across most popular operating system ...

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