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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

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Isn't Netscape history?

On page 202 of the MS Press book "MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-528): Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Web-Based Client Development" there is a sentence that goes - "The TreeView can also be populated via client-side script on Internet Explorer 5.0 and later, and on Netscape 6.0 and later."

Netscape 6.0! Isn't that history?

(Not quite, did you know Netscape 8 is available as a free download? A spanking new Netscape Navigator 9 is also on the cards. But that's another story)

I found it very odd that the author had to mention Netscape instead of Firefox, the other popular browser doing the rounds.

Although some people call Firefox names, many proponents of the Microsoft platform have embraced Firefox (many MS webcasts including Fritz Onion's Essential ASP.NET webcast series have demos featuring Firefox). I think this is a good broad-minded thing & it speaks well of ASP.NET's dependability.

That line in the book plunged me into a bout of nostalgia. Back in 2001, I had a tough time making a navigation system in a web app work the same in IE and multiple versions of Netscape Navigator 4.x. All this for a particular client who had a strict company-wide policy of using just Netscape.

The Internet in the public domain is around 12 years old now (it started getting popular by late 1994), but what rapid strides it has made! Only the fittest applications & brightest ideas survive and the rest become Internet history.

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