Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Our next lecture is on gears: a plugin that, once installed, lets your JavaScript do things in the browser that it could before like saving data on the user's harddrive and running multiple threads. You will need to have watched the lecture below by Wednesday, April 1.

You will need to install the gears plugin on your firefox browswers. Since our labs use iceweasel, you will need to make a few changes before you can install gears, namely, change the icewasel to user-agent to firefox. Just follow these steps (which I got from here):

  1. Point your iceweasel to “about:config”.
  2. Find a key called “general.useragent.extra.firefox” and edit to “Firefox/3.0.5”
  3. Then, visit again and install.

Gears from Jose Vidal on Vimeo.

You will also want to read the gears API and my gears lecture slides.

Finally, I also highly recommend that you listen to the guys who built gears talking about why they did it. They are in the following video:

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