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O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel, San Diego, CA
July 23-27, 2001

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Using JavaScript with XPCOM: Components the Easy Way

Michael Ang, Linuxcare

Track: Mozilla
Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: 10:45am - 11:30am
Location: Harbor Island III

The Cross-Platform Component Object Model (XPCOM) is a framework used in Mozilla that lets you write software components and access them in any XPCOM-compatible programming language (e.g. C++, JavaScript, Python). Components are typically written and used in C++, but the mechanics of doing so can be onerous. JavaScript provides an easier way of using XPCOM that is appropriate in many circumstances.

This talk will cover the basics of XPCOM and show how to use it from JavaScript. We'll look at how to access existing components and the step-by-step process of writing a new component and making it available to XPCOM clients.

By the end of this talk you should have enough information to write a new JavaScript XPCOM component that can be used by any XPCOM client. Specific knowledge of JavaScript programming and XPCOM is not required.

This talk should appeal to anyone who is interested in extending the Mozilla browser or has an interest in XPCOM or other component object models (e.g. COM, CORBA, Bonobo).

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