ETech – Building and Surviving Remixable Applications

Brandon Eich. Using web technologies to build desktop apps. NPAPI (inline plug-ins) a way to avoid ActiveX scripting. Worked on it with Sun, Apple, Macromedia (others except for M$). They have a simple C code API to extend the browser. XUL overlays. Add arvitrary new elements to UI. Showed a couple favorite plug-ins: Grease Monkeys. Bugmenot. FireFox 1.1 coming out mid year. He was a last minute presenter for someone else so this talk was a bit disappointing. Looks like he didn’t have any time to prepare. But looks like a real interesting guy.