> -----Original Message-----
> From: mike [mailto:mike...@gmail.com]
> Sent: Monday, March 02, 2009 12:59 PM
> To: Boyd, Todd M.
> Cc: PHP General list
> Subject: Re: [PHP] upload progress (was www.soongy.com)
> On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 7:45 AM, Boyd, Todd M. <tmbo...@ccis.edu> wrote:
> > Gears will allow you to do a lot of things. So will site-proprietary
> Firefox extensions that go well outside the realm of basic client-
> server interaction via webpages. I was under the impression that Gears
> requires a local installation of their client library in order to work.
> >
> > I don't think "download this new extension so you can upload files to
> our site" is going to go over so well.
> Of course not, but
> a) browsers don't have it built-in, yet (I was working on trying to
> make a "standard" that I could pitch to browser creators)
> b) how do you think the flash or java applets got there anyway? :)
> Have a standard upload form. Tell people if they want more advanced
> multi-file support, progress support, etc, etc, install Gears as well.
> To me, Gears should be something just like Flash and Java... and I
> think is lighter-weight and allows for extending browser capabilities
> across nearly every platform without learning new languages.

Well it's just Javascript with access to local database storage and a caching 
facility, isn't it? I mean, I know Google threw a bunch of their API libraries 
in there with it (geolocation, for instance), but what little digging I've done 
into the matter has produced what I consider "extended" Javascript.

Again, I don't know a whole lot about it--I've just looked over the example 
scripts and read an article about its caching capabilities as applied to 

// Todd

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