Friday, April 4th, 2008
As I’ve often said, and as others at Netscape can confirm, I was recruited
to Netscape with the promise of “doing
in the browser. At least client engineering management including
Michael Toy, and
along with some guy named
Marc Andreessen, were convinced that
Netscape should embed a programming language, in source form, in HTML. So it
was hardly a case of me selling a “pointy-haired boss” — more the reverse.
What was needed was a convincing proof of concept, AKA a demo. That, I
delivered, and in too-short order it was a fait accompli.
He continues to talk about how Java came into the equation and the question of “do we need two languages?” came out of that. Scheme with a Java like syntax? That is what won out in the end.
No need to smoke the hash?
Brendan also feels like the hash method has some failings such as security: poisoning attacks and the safety of crypto-hashes. Also, having hash=”some crazy hash” would look a little ugly in your HTML :)
Brendan proposes a shared URL:
- <script src="http://my.edge.cached.startup.com/dojo-1.0.0.js" shared="http://o.aolcdn.com/dojo/1.0.0/dojo/dojo.xd.js"></script>
Imagine if we had an AOL CDN / YUI CDN that anyone could use? Some people may not like the “centralized” side of it, but I think it would be huge.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:48 am