But as I learn more about Firefox 3.5, I'm wondering if this is finally the release where the venerable plug-in architecture starts to fade, as developers are finally able to build complete browser-based applications using solely the native browser features.
Consider these Firefox 3.5 (and earlier) features as a package:
- Canvas tag
- XMLHttpRequest security
- Audio and Video tags
- The Storage API (SQLite)
I think it's very exciting to see that Firefox 3.5 is now sufficiently capable that it's reasonable to consider building a serious complete application hosted directly in the base browser, without all the complexity of having to exit to an external plug-in.