Press Release: October 9, 2002
How to Use Everyday Technologies to Create Powerful Apps: O'Reilly Releases "Creating Applications with Mozilla"
"Creating Applications with Mozilla" introduces and explores Mozilla's powerful cross-platform development framework, providing step-by-step instructions for creating applications. The first several chapters serve as an introduction to the Mozilla development environment and impart the knowledge necessary to quickly learn to create simple programs. The authors then branch into topics on modular development and other advanced subjects. The book provides the information to help readers:
- Understand how the basic Mozilla development framework technologies work together
- Learn to use the elements and features of XUL to build applications
- Create the look and feel of an application using CSS
- Package and install an application for distribution
- Extend the basic Mozilla framework with XBL, XPCOM, XUL templates, and RDF
- Make applications accessible by localizing them into different languages
- Develop remote applications to be served via the Web or another server
"Our book is unique because it covers more topics and is more up-to-date than any other books out about Mozilla or XUL," explains coauthor David Boswell. "Many of the other books are out of date because they were written at a time before Mozilla had matured to a point where it was stable enough to be released as version 1.0. Also, most of the books out have focused on XUL, the extensible user-interface language, and have ignored several of the other components in Mozilla that make it a powerful application."
Chapter 2, Getting Started is available free online
Creating Applications with Mozilla
David Boswell, Brian King, Ian Oeschger, Pete Collins, & Eric Murphy
ISBN 0-596-00052-9, 454 pages, $39.95 (US), $61.95 (CAN)