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Moshe Eshel The eye in the sky - just fell down

Reading today some long ques of blogs, I have been on vacation for a few days, without any computer close by (I got to points where my hands were itching to type, but it is better without computers sometimes).

Vacation was great, Israel has some beautiful sites and things to see, if you like nature, now is one of the best times to come and see awesome sights. I'll be glad to provide tour help...

Anyway reading James Governor mentioning a XUL application that does Amazon,  I rememberd that a few years ago, I was raving about this at work, I downloaded a few tutorials and started building some application, just to see what would come out... I also remember sidebars, and back then I developed a small side bar for the company I was working for (never shipped anyway). But since then, I didn't much hear anything about it, and didn't know if it was even supported by the newer Mozilla/Firefox (Gecko engine if you want to be specific).

So reading that post, I fired up my firefox to that URL, and saw an excellent example of a usefull application. Smart Client anyone? XAML? They left out some functionality to Amazon (that does support these through their API) i.e. a link to amazon instead of putting a button in the application.

I was so happy, and immidately started looking for other XUL applications (google was very helpful providing filetype filtering)

Here we go:
1. Google XUL search - simplistic but oooh! it has colors. Notice that this is hosted ON google.com
2. This - which looks like a XUL Blog reading UI (aggregator beginings???)
3. Mail application - doesn't seem to work for me, but I guess more than just trying is needed.
4. XUL Example viewer - a cool use for the technology to actually teach that technology!
5. Edit Your XUL in XUL - a XUL editor written in XUL
6. Bugzilla Interface - probably needs some parameters inputted to make this show something.
7. Just another Website interface - compare with this

Sadly, there aren't that many. I assume as the market share of Firefox/Mozilla continues (we hope) to grow, we will see more and more of these, they are simply very easy to make, and provide a much better GUI experience than a web page. Such an application can also aggregate many web services/APIs and allow building a robust application that gets all the cross platform and functionality already offered by Mozilla.

To learn more about XUL you are welocomed to go to XULPlanet which has some resources for you to go with... Here is a nice writeup of XAML Vs. XUL old but apparently still true.

Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2005 5:59 PM Personal | Back to top


Comments on this post: Some Cool and Redundant XUL

# re: Some Cool and Redundant XUL
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XUL has a lot of potential.
Take a look at some half-baked ideas:

http://www.georgenava.com/applauncher.php
Left by George on Mar 03, 2005 6:36 PM

# re: Some Cool and Redundant XUL
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Oops
Forgot to tell you,
Firefox/Mozilla only !

http://getfirefox.com
Left by George on Mar 03, 2005 6:38 PM

# On "Firefox Only".... Will XUL's Emerging Apps be Killer?
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Something new? We're all used to being told IE only. Its a mantra at banks, B2C sites and all over the damn place. So it struck me when i was looking at Moshe's XUL examples, and those put foward by...
Left by James Governor's MonkChips on Mar 04, 2005 10:34 AM

# re: Some Cool and Redundant XUL
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In the 325 Project, http://www.the325project.org, we're using XUL and RDF (over 30 templates) for a history web site. For semantic web based site, Firefox is the best way to go.
Left by Conor325 on Mar 05, 2005 5:26 AM

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How standard and stable is XUL? I don't want to develop XML for Firefox 1.0 and write it again for Firefox 2.0...
Left by Kevin on May 07, 2005 4:37 PM

# re: Some Cool and Redundant XUL
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hey ..
can anyone tell how to run xul from a shell...
Left by kathir on Sep 21, 2005 10:54 AM

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Left by Karl on Dec 12, 2005 10:10 AM

# re: Some Cool and Redundant XUL
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Coolest thing I've seen in some time!
Left by Nocturne on Dec 15, 2005 11:20 PM

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