XUL Explorer – 0.8 Sneaks Out

Yeah, its been awhile since I released XUL Explorer 0.7 and at the time there was a bad editor bug in Mozilla trunk, so I released using an older version of XULRunner. However, the bug has been fixed, so I made some small tweaks & fixes and will release XUL Explorer 0.8 using a XULRunner 1.9b2 pre-release.

Besides the editor bug fix, I wanted to use XUL Explorer to demo some of the new features that landed, including the cool new XML and SQL based XUL templates.

Download from here.

Update: See this post for XUL templating examples using SQL (mozStorage).


  1. Sungjin said,

    November 26, 2007 @ 1:22 am

    It seems that XUL 1.9b2 is slower than 1.8, especially javascript performance. I have an application which uses lightbox like dialog extensively. When a dialog opens, xulrunner 1.9b draws overlay – transparent black one like most examples of lightbox – with flickering. 1.8 version has little less flickering than 1.9b. IE7 and Safari(I’m using windows but I have windows version of Safari) does not have this problem. I think gecko engine had been faster on rendering performance but it’s not now. I’ve choosed XUL because I’ve thought that it shows higher performance than IE engine but now I hope Prism based on IE engine would be better choice if current performance problem won’t be fixed.

  2. skierpage said,

    November 26, 2007 @ 4:10 am

    Why not package it without the 23MB xulrunner subdirectory, and let people run it using the Firefox 3 -app trick?

    C:\>”C:\Program Files\Minefield\firefox.exe” -app xulexplorer\application.ini

    seems to work fine. “If you have Firefox3 you can run any small fast full-featured XUL app” should be the meme. Anyway, it’s a really nice sampler. I couldn’t see a demo of the “cool new XML and SQL based XUL templates” in it.

    After I put a snippet in the code window (by double-clicking or drag and drop), dragging the scroll thumb creates a shadowy drag-and-drop outline instead of scrolling. (With Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9b2pre) Gecko/2007112505 Minefield/3.0b2pre ID:2007112505 .)

  3. sonny said,

    November 26, 2007 @ 8:47 am

    Thanks to Laurent Jouanneau for the SQL based XUL templates ;)

  4. Scott Fitchet said,

    November 26, 2007 @ 4:34 pm

    Don’t forget to uninstall any previous versions. That did the trick for me.

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