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
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.