Creating Applications with Mozilla

Creating Applications with Mozilla

This free online book explains how applications are created with Mozilla and provides step-by-step information that shows how to create your own programs using Mozilla’s powerful cross-platform development framework. It also includes examples of different existing applications to demonstrate the possibilities of Mozilla development.


Mozilla is not just a web browser. It is also a framework for building cross-platform applications using standards such as Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), XML languages such as the XML-based User-interface Language (XUL), eXtensible Binding Language (XBL), and Resource Description Framework (RDF).

Gecko, Mozilla’s rendering engine, is used as part of the framework, along with other technologies such as XPConnect and XPCOM, Mozilla’s component model. The Mozilla development framework also uses programming languages such as JavaScript, C++, C, Python, and Interface Definition Language (IDL).

The Mozilla framework is used to create Netscape’s Mozilla-based browsers (Netscape 6.x and 7.x), other browsers such as Galeon and Camino, and chat clients like ChatZilla and JabberZilla. Developers also use Mozilla to create development tools, browser enhancements, games, and other types of add-ons and applications.

Table of Contents

  • Mozilla as Platform
  • Getting Started
  • XUL Elements and Features
  • CSS in Mozilla Applications
  • Scripting Mozilla
  • Packaging and Installing Applications
  • Extending the UI with XBL
  • XUL Templates
  • RDF, RDF Tools and the Content Model
  • Localization
  • Remote Applications

Book Details

Author(s): David Boswell, Brian King, Ian Oeschger, Pete Collins, and Eric Murphy
Format(s): HTML
Number of pages: 480
Link: Read online.

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