Mozilla lights up joystick, tickles developer gaming bellies
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Mozilla launched a new gaming project through its Labs wing earlier this week, in a move to get coders to play with fancy browser and web technologies.
The Mozilla Labs Gaming experiment is all about making developers even more comfortable with web apps.
"With these technologies being delivered through modern browsers today, the time is ripe for pushing the platform."
The org has also debuted its Game_on 2010 browser game contest that kicks off at some point this month.
"Traditionally games and game developers have been at the forefront of technology, often pushing the boundaries of what was thought possible," Finette said.
In other words, Mozilla wants to whet the appetite of programmers by getting them to make and then, of course, play games.
All of which falls nicely into step with where the browser market's tech is heading - the world of apps.
That's all very nice and good - and commendable. But I guess we will have to find somebody else who is actually interested in the browser, the email client and the calendaring application. Various bugs and features are lagging (some of them by years) because there aren't enough developers and resources to address them. But there is enough money for other initiatives.
1. There is no solid option for a calendar server (or equivalent for sharing and syncronising) - which would handle hundreds of users and thousands of appointments.
2. There is no proper option for a contact server (capable of sharing and syncronising not only with computers, but also with smarphones of various descriptions).
3. The calendar doesn't handle all that great once you get past 1000 appointments.
I know, all of the above is so '90s - but it is truly useful stuff in the enterprise and beyond. For good or for worse, Exchange + Outlook does it - and I wish there was a bit stronger competition from open source. Users access their email, calendars and contacts on a myriad of platforms - and serious push to define standards (except email - imap is well mature by now) here and to have a set of solid server-side software would mean serious progress for open source in the business and organisational space.
(Disclaimer: I do use Thunderbird + Lightning + SyncKolab + exim + dovecot in small company setups - but serious work still needs doing on the contacts and calendar side)
Couldn't agree more - re contacts & calendar
Even in TBird 3 the adress book is much the same as Outlook Express circa 1995 albeit with better search.