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<p><a href="http://www.mozdev.org">mozdev.org</a> is the home for over 40 Mozilla-based development projects.  The site provides free project hosting and<p><a href="http://www.mozdev.org">mozdev.org</a> is the home of <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html">over 90</a> Mozilla-based development
tools for Mozilla application developers.  Anyone who is interested in using Mozilla for application development is welcome to host their own projectprojects (with an orange and red design the site also sort of looks like the inside of a McDonald's).  The site provides free project hosting for
there.Mozilla application developers and anyone who is interested in using Mozilla for application development is welcome to <a
href="http://www.mozdev.org/start.html">start</a> their own project there.
<p>To keep people informed of the latest mozdev news, a news feed is being set up on the DevCenter that will provide information about the latest
developments on the site.  This brief introduction will also provide some background about where mozdev came from, how it fits into the Mozilla<p><img src="http://books.mozdev.org/articles/mozdev_home.gif"><br>
community, what you will be able to find on the site, and how you can find out more.<font size="-1">Do you want fries with that project?</font>
<p>Mozilla has proved to be a great framework for developing cross platform applications, although for a long time the constant changes to Mozilla itself<p>To keep people informed of the latest mozdev news, a news feed has been set up on the Mozilla DevCenter.  This brief introduction to mozdev will
has made creating applications difficult.  Now that mozilla.org has just released <a href="http://mozilla.org/releases/mozilla0.9.3/">version 0.9.3</a>provide some background about where the site came from, how it fits into the Mozilla community, what you will be able to find on the site, and how
and things are becoming more and more stable as 1.0 gets closer, now is the perfect time to take a look at mozdev and see what people are doing with you can find out more.
Mozilla.
<p>Now that mozilla.org is about to release <a href="http://mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=2543">Mozilla 1.2</a> and Netscape has come out
<p><b>Where did it come from?</b>with the latest version of their own Mozilla-based browser, <a href="ftp://ftp.netscape.com/pub/netscape7/">Netscape 7</a>, this is a great time to
see what other people are building with Mozilla's cross-platform development framework.
<p>In August 2000, CollabNet <a href="http://www.collab.net/sites/a12a_redirect/">acquired Alphanumerica</a>, an Internet design and production company
that was working on a number of different Mozilla projects.  Some of these included the <a href="http://chameleon.mozdev.org">Theme Builder</a>, <a<p><b>Where did mozdev come from?</b>
href="http://scripteditor.mozdev.org">Script Editor</a> and <a href="http://recall.mozdev.org">Total Recall</a> as well as the <a
href="http://aphrodite.mozdev.org">Aphrodite</a>, Fruity Gum and Sullivan skin design projects.<p>In August 2000, CollabNet <a href="http://www.collab.net/sites/a12a_redirect/">acquired Alphanumerica</a>, an Internet design and production
company that was working on a number of different Mozilla projects.  Some of these included the <a href="http://chameleon.mozdev.org">Theme
<p>After the merger it was necessary to find a new place to host these projects since the Alphanumerica site was going to be taken down.  FortunatelyBuilder</a>, <a href="http://scripteditor.mozdev.org">Script Editor</a> and <a href="http://recall.mozdev.org">Total Recall</a> projects as well as
CollabNet just happens to create a project hosting tool for open source projects called <athe <a href="http://aphrodite.mozdev.org">Aphrodite</a>, Fruity Gum and Sullivan browsers.
href="http://www.collab.net/products/sourcecast/">SourceCast</a>.  The rest of the story plays out like an old Reese's Peanut Butter cup commercial.  
'Hey, you got your open source projects in my project hosting tool...'<p>After the merger it was necessary to find a new place to host these projects since the Alphanumerica site was going to be taken down.  
Fortunately CollabNet just happens to create a project hosting tool for open source projects called <a
<p>At the end of September mozdev.org went live hosting the original Alphanumerica projects.  At launch it was announced that any other Mozilla developerhref="http://www.collab.net/products/sourcecast/">SourceCast</a>.  The rest of the story plays out like the old Reese's Peanut Butter cup
was welcome to start their own project on the site as well.  Since then more than <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html">40 projects</a> have beencommercial.  'Hey, you got your open source projects in my project hosting tool...'
started or moved to the site.
 <p>At the end of September 2000 mozdev.org went live hosting the original Alphanumerica projects.  At launch it was announced that any other Mozilla
 developer was welcome to start their own project on the site as well.  In the two years since then, more than <a
 href="http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html">90 projects</a> have been started or moved to the site and 1 or 2 new projects are added each week.
   
 <p><b>Where does it fit?</b>  <p><b>Where does it fit?</b>
   
<p>There are many different sites that provide information, tools and resources to the Mozilla community.  mozdev does not try to duplicate any of the<p>There are many different sites that provide information, tools and resources to the Mozilla community.  Asa Dotzler explains how each of these
effort already being put into these other sites, but instead focuses on assisting Mozilla application developers.different sites work together: "In anatomical terms, I think of mozdev, mozilla.org, and mozillazine as three primary organ systems operating
together to sustain the flourishing Mozilla community. Without all three of these systems working well we would not be where we are today."
<p>For example, <a href="http:/www.mozilla.org">mozilla.org</a> provides a lot of the same development tools and resources as mozdev does, but it's focus
is on the Mozilla source code.  The code on mozdev uses the Mozilla code by creating projects that are based on this code.  The same kind of relationship<p>Each of these sites serves a different main function.  For example, <a href="http:/www.mozilla.org">mozilla.org</a> provides a lot of the same
can be seen between a site that is devoted to Linux kernel development and a site devoted to developing Linux applications.development tools and resources as mozdev does (including <a href="http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/">bugzilla</a>, <a
href="http://mozilla.org/cvs.html">cvs hosting</a> and <a href="http://mozilla.org/community.html">newsgroups</a>), but the focus of the two sites
<p>There are also two great Mozilla advocacy sites, <a href="http://www.mozillazine.org">mozillaZine</a> and O'Reilly's <aare on different things.  The mozilla.org site is where the core Mozilla source code is developed.  The projects hosted on mozdev create
href="http://www.oreillynet.com/mozilla/">Mozilla DevCenter</a>, that are already providing current news to the community.  The news on mozdev is focusedapplications and add-ons that are based on top of that source code.
on the projects and tools hosted there, so the mozdev news shouldn't overlap with the news already being posted on the DevCenter.
 <p>There are also several great Mozilla advocacy sites, including <a href="http://www.mozillazine.org">mozillaZine</a>, <a
 href="http://www.mozillanews.org">MozillaNews</a> and O'Reilly's <a href="http://www.oreillynet.com/mozilla/">Mozilla DevCenter</a>, that are
 already providing current news to the community.  The news on mozdev compliments these sites by providing updates on the projects and tools hosted
 there.
   
 <p><b>What Is Hosted There?</b>  <p><b>What Is Hosted There?</b>
   
 <p>There are a wide variety of different projects currently being hosted on mozdev ranging from <a href="http://abzilla.mozdev.org">Abzilla</a>, a  <p>There are a wide variety of different projects currently being hosted on mozdev ranging from <a href="http://abzilla.mozdev.org">Abzilla</a>, a
project that is working on adding LDAP support to the address book, to <a href="http://xulmaker.mozdev.org">XULMaker</a>, a visual XUL editor.project that is working on adding LDAP support to the address book, to <a href="http://xulmine.mozdev.org">XULmine</a>, a XUL-based version of
Each project is different and is doing something unique, although each developer is taking advantage of the flexibility and power of Mozilla as anMinesweeper. There are other gaming projects hosted on the site, such as <a href="http://amoeba.mozdev.org">Amoeba</a> which is a game engine that
application development framework.allows anyone to create classic "super nintendo" or "early final fantasy" style games.  There are also several arcade style games that can be found
at the <a href="http://games.mozdev.org">Games project</a>, including Mozinvaders, Mozteroids, Pagman and Xultris.
<p><a href="http://jabberzilla.mozdev.org">Jabberzilla</a> is a Mozilla-based Jabber client integrated into the browser.  mozdev is also running a Jabber
server, so install Jabberzilla and <a href="http://jabberzilla.mozdev.org/notes/start.html">come talk</a> to other developers on the site.  Another <p>Other projects include, <a href="http://optimoz.mozdev.org">Optimoz</a> which is an add-on to Mozilla that adds support for gestures and pie
project that is working on integrating new functionality into the browser is <a href="http://multizilla.mozdev.org">MultiZilla</a> which is creating a menus in the browser.  There are also add-ons for a <a href="http://spellchecker.mozdev.org/">spellchecker</a>, an advanced tabs enhancement with <a
multi-tabbed window extension for Mozilla.href="http://multizilla.mozdev.org/">MultiZilla</a>, and a collection of browser <a href="http://themes.mozdev.org/">themes</a>.  There are also
add-ons for other applications, such as <a href="http://enigmail.mozdev.org/">Enigmail</a> which adds <a href="http://www.gnupg.org">GPG</a> and <a
<p>There are also a number of gaming projects on the site.  <a href="http://amoeba.mozdev.org">Amoeba</a> is a project that is creating a game enginehref="http://www.pgpi.org">PGP</a> encryption support to Mozilla's mail client, and <a href="http://cascades.mozdev.org">CaScadeS</a> which adds a
which will allow anyone to create classic "super nintendo" or "early final fantasy" style games.  There are also several arcade style games that can bestylesheet editor to Mozilla's HTML composer.
found at the main <a href="http://games.mozdev.org">Games site</a>, including Mozinvaders, Mozteroids, Pagman and Xultris.
<p>In addition to add-on projects, there are a number of projects working on community evangelism and documentation.  For instance, the <a
<p>Some of the projects on the site aren't really development projects at all.  Both <a href="http://eu.mozdev.org">EU</a> and <ahref="http://eu.mozdev.org">EU</a> and <a href="http://meetzilla.mozdev.org">Meetzilla</a> projects are working on coordinating Mozilla developer
href="http://meetzilla.mozdev.org">Meetzilla</a> are projects that work on coordinating Mozilla developer meetings in Europe and in the United States.  meetings in Europe and in the United States.  <a href="http://plugindoc.mozdev.org">PluginDoc</a> is a repository of information on how to install
The <a href="http://xblref.mozdev.org">XBLref</a> project is not using XBL to create anything, but instead is documenting XBL just like the <a current and legacy browser plugins. <a href="http://mozfr.mozdev.org/">MozFR</a> and <a href="http://polmoz.mozdev.org">PolMoz</a> are projects that
href="http://mozilla.org/xpfe/xulref/">XUL Programmer's Reference</a> documents XUL.are translating current Mozilla documentation into French and Polish.  The recently released <a
href="http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/mozilla/">Creating Applications with Mozilla</a> book is also hosted on the site.  People are invited to come
<p>This list contains just some of the projects on mozdev, and new projects are always welcome.  If there is a Mozilla application you are currentlyto the <a href="http://books.mozdev.org">books</a> project and help keep the content up to date as Mozilla continues to evolve.
working on or would like to start development on, feel free to come to the site and <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/start.html">start a new project</a>.
 <p>Some stand-alone Mozilla based applications that are hosted on the site are <a href="http://chimera.mozdev.org">Chimera</a> (a small, fast
 Gecko-based browser for Mac OS X), <a href="http://jabberzilla.mozdev.org">Jabberzilla</a> (a Mozilla-based Jabber client) and <a
 href="http://newsalert.mozdev.org/">newsAlert</a> (an emergency broadcast application that keeps you informed of breaking news).  To find out more
 about the other projects hosted on mozdev, check out the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/projects.html">all projects</a> list, <a
 href="http://www.mozdev.org/logs/top50.html">Top 50</a> list, the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/categories/index.html">project categories</a>
 page and the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/featured/index.html">Project of the Week</a> page.
   
 <p><b>How Can You Find Out More?</b>  <p><b>How Can You Find Out More?</b>
   
<p>If you are interested in finding out more about mozdev and the projects hosted there, the news feed on the DevCenter will provide a great overview of<p>If you are interested in finding out more about mozdev and the projects hosted there, the news feed on the DevCenter will provide a great
what is going on.  To catch up on what's happened so far, you might also want to look through the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/news.html">mozdev newsoverview of what is going on.  To catch up on what's happened so far, you might also want to look through the <a
archive</a> and <a href="http://mozillazine.org/archive.html">mozillaZine news archive</a> to see how far the Mozilla community has come since Marchhref="http://www.mozdev.org/news.html">mozdev news archive</a> and <a href="http://mozillazine.org/archive.html">mozillaZine news archive</a> to see
1998.how far the Mozilla community has come since the original source code was released in March 1998.
   
 <p>One other great resource for finding out news about Mozilla-based projects are the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/status/index.html">Independent  <p>One other great resource for finding out news about Mozilla-based projects are the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/status/index.html">Independent
Status Reports</a> that are posted regularly to mozillaZine.  The reports feature status updates from project developers and is a great way to find outStatus Reports</a> that are posted regularly to mozillaZine.  If you have questions about a project hosted on mozdev and would like to talk to the
news about a specific project and to see how usable Mozilla is becoming for application development.  Check these reports out if you want to read moredevelopers directly, try posting your question to one of the <a href="http://www.mozdev.org/mailing-lists.html">mailing lists</a> or come by <a
about these projects or if you have your own project that you would like to provide a report for.href="irc://irc.mozilla.org/#mozdev">#mozdev</a> on mozilla's IRC server.
 

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