Mozilla Prism
Anant Narayanan
Gnunify 2008
In the old days...
You open a web browser, check your email, log off
and close it
Few people had 24x7 internet connectivit...
Today
Applications like GMail and Google Docs are
serious alternatives to their desktop counterparts
The number of people ...
What is Prism
Suitable for running persistent web applications
that you expect to run a long time
Instead of keeping your ...
Demo

Let’s see how it works in practice...
Why prism can be
useful
In it’s current state:
Quick access to your most frequently used web
applications
Close integratio...
Comparisons
Prism is frequently compared with AIR, Silverlight,
JavaFX and Fluid
Prism leverages existing web technologies...
AIR
Adobe Integrated Runtime
Leverages the Flash/Flex platform to deliver
desktop applications that can be built by web
de...
Silverlight / Moonlight
Silverlight: Microsoft’s browser plugin
Moonlight: Mono’s open source implementation
All about pro...
JavaFX
Java pioneered the concept of “write-once,
execute everywhere”
Applets have always been able to run as standalone d...
Fluid
A more direct competitor to Prism
OS X (Leopard) only application that is pushing for
even more desktop integration
...
Where does Prism
stand
Existing web applications work with Prism out of
the box
Further integration to the desktop may be ...
The future
Provide offline event and storage support
Provide more power to the web application
developer by providing acces...
More Ideas
Provide UI capabilities that match desktop
applications
Drag and drop directly onto web applications
Your idea ...
Get Involved!
Report user experiences, which web applications
work well with Prism and which do not
Report problems, Discu...
Questions?

Thank You!
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Mozilla Prism

  1. 1. Mozilla Prism Anant Narayanan Gnunify 2008
  2. 2. In the old days... You open a web browser, check your email, log off and close it Few people had 24x7 internet connectivity Web applications were less “persistent”
  3. 3. Today Applications like GMail and Google Docs are serious alternatives to their desktop counterparts The number of people who keep their browser windows open all day are increasing Web applications are becoming more persistent, and are offering users a more responsive interface
  4. 4. What is Prism Suitable for running persistent web applications that you expect to run a long time Instead of keeping your browser open, run the web application just as if it were a desktop application Basically a browser, but without all the unnecessary chrome since you’re only going to be using a particular application
  5. 5. Demo Let’s see how it works in practice...
  6. 6. Why prism can be useful In it’s current state: Quick access to your most frequently used web applications Close integration with your desktop
  7. 7. Comparisons Prism is frequently compared with AIR, Silverlight, JavaFX and Fluid Prism leverages existing web technologies to provide the user with a traditional desktop application experience Let’s take a look at the “competition”
  8. 8. AIR Adobe Integrated Runtime Leverages the Flash/Flex platform to deliver desktop applications that can be built by web developers Requires a client-side application to execute the application (like XULRunner!)
  9. 9. Silverlight / Moonlight Silverlight: Microsoft’s browser plugin Moonlight: Mono’s open source implementation All about providing rich user interfaces, much like flash does Targeted primarily at the web, no current plans to allow desktop-only execution
  10. 10. JavaFX Java pioneered the concept of “write-once, execute everywhere” Applets have always been able to run as standalone desktop applications JavaFX is about “rich internet applications” - it targets only the web as of today
  11. 11. Fluid A more direct competitor to Prism OS X (Leopard) only application that is pushing for even more desktop integration Based on Webkit Prism is trying to add features that Fluid already provides, but do so in a web-safe way
  12. 12. Where does Prism stand Existing web applications work with Prism out of the box Further integration to the desktop may be done without needing the web application developer to do anything (May not be possible for features like offline storage support)
  13. 13. The future Provide offline event and storage support Provide more power to the web application developer by providing access to hardware capabilities of the client Allow web applications to register handlers for certain content types These features are being standardized in HTML 5!
  14. 14. More Ideas Provide UI capabilities that match desktop applications Drag and drop directly onto web applications Your idea - Make sure it is heard!
  15. 15. Get Involved! Report user experiences, which web applications work well with Prism and which do not Report problems, Discuss Features Forum: https://labs.mozilla.com/forum/index.php/board, 16.0.html Check out the code (Mozilla SVN - Webrunner) Fix bugs! (Prism component in bugzilla)
  16. 16. Questions? Thank You!

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