lardbucket: 2011 : february


FABridgeC: A smaller FABridge

Filed under: Open Source, Programming — Andy @ 12:31 pm

I was working with some JavaScript libraries this week, and happened to have a use for Adobe’s Flex Ajax Bridge (also known as FABridge). However, I’m trying to work with Closure, and the most common FABridge.js is a rather large 18 KiB that doesn’t really work very well with Closure’s compiler.

So, I took a few hours to go through and make it work with Closure, and then to make it work compiled outside of Closure in case anyone else wants a smaller version of FABridge. I’m calling the result FABridgeC, and you can read more about it on the project’s GitHub page. For most users, this is a minified FABridge.js (or if you prefer Closure’s terminology, a compiled FABridge.js) in just 5.4 KiB that can be dropped in instead of FABridge.js, and should work in exactly the same manner as the original for almost everyone. (There are a few minor caveats explained on the project page.) If you’re using FABridge at the moment, try dropping it in place of your existing FABridge.js, and let me know how it goes!

Feel free to send me a message via GitHub (I’m aschmitz, the repository’s owner) or leave a comment here with any questions, problems, or other comments.

Andy Schmitz


Testing Help?

Filed under: General — Andy @ 11:30 am

I’m working on a program that will let users of TI-84+ or TI-89 Titanium calculators see their calculators on the computer screen, and take screenshots. (If you have a TI calculator that has a USB port and ┬áisn’t an Nspire, you’ve probably got one of these.)

Right now, it runs on the Mac only (although that will hopefully change in a while). It works on my Mac, and at least one other, but I’m looking for one or two more test cases. If you have a TI-84+ or TI-89 Titanium, a USB cable that will plug into it and your computer, and one of the following computer setups, please give me an email at so I can send you a copy and see if it works. The whole process of testing it out should only take a minute or so.

I’m looking for:

  • Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) on a PowerPC processor

If you’re not sure what operating system or processor you have, just click on the Apple menu in the upper-right corner of your screen, and click “About This Mac.” Your version of OS X will be displayed (I’m looking for anything that begins with 10.5), and your processor will be shown as well. Please let me know which version and processor you have when you email me, so I know which one you’re testing.


Andy Schmitz

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