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O'Reilly Network: Building a Game in Mozilla

Jul 01, 2000, 17:42 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Watt, David Boswell, Brian King)

"In a way, this is like connecting a DSL line to a Commodore 64 computer. We're working on rewriting an arcade game from the early 80s using Mozilla technologies. By combining two different technologies from two very different times, we hope to be able to learn something new from examining a classic example of programming in a new way."

"Our intention is to show that Mozilla has the ability to be more than a web browser. Other demonstrations of alternate uses of Mozilla like the Script Editor and XMLTerm already do this, although these tend to feel more like extensions of the existing Mozilla framework. A more radical non-browser application of Mozilla would have the benefit of extending the discussion of Mozilla as a platform and might bring new people into the community who are interested in this new aspect of the project."

"In the 20 years since the arcade game that we are emulating came out, many different versions have been created in many different ways. We'll re-create this game one more time because it's a programming tradition to take an old concept and rehash it in new ways to learn more about a language or technology."

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