The Gopher protocol was a precursor to the World Wide Web. Gopher appeared shortly before the Web and was quickly obsoleted by it. Nowadays it is kept alive by a handful of enthusiasts, for its very real qualities and of course some amount of nostalgia.
Pocket Gopher is a client for this protocol running on Java ME (a.k.a. J2ME) devices. I wrote it because it was ridiculously easy, and because there isn't any other that I could find, at least not as of 2010-07-11.
- Discovered this review of Pocket Gopher.
- Silas, from the UK, sends a detailed compatibility report for the HTC Touch Pro 2.
- xFlirtEEEx, from Russia, reports compatibility with two Blackberry models.
- Haggi, from Ireland, reports compatibility with yet another device.
- Andrey, from Russia, adds two more phones to my compatibility list.
- Nick, from the US (I think), tells me Pocket Gopher runs on the Blackberry Storm 2, for certain values of 'runs'.
- Fixed text file handling (hopefully) once and for all.
- Pocket Gopher now starts faster than ever.
- Pocket Gopher now supports search queries!
- A bug fix and much improved Go To... form
- Rauscher, from Germany, tells me Pocket Gopher works on the Nokia 3110 Classic. Yay!
- Supports directories, text files, searches, images and Web links (via the device Web browser).
- Session history, basic back function and caching.
- Paginated display for large directories and text files.
- Navigate by URL or host/port/type/selector (thanks to Nuno J. Silva <gopher://sdf-eu.org/1/users/njsg>).
- Works on any port, not just 70 (surprisingly enough, that's worth mentioning).
- Forward compatible with Gopher+.
Known bugsSometimes directories have an extraneous blank page at the end.
As of 2013-07-11, Pocket Gopher is known to work on the following devices:
- Nokia E5-00
- Nokia E51
- Nokia 3110 Classic
- Nokia X2-01
- Torch 9800 (OS 6)
- Curve 8350 (OS 5)
- Storm 2 (though it may be unusable there)
- Siemens C72
- Alcatel OT-606
- Samsung B2100
- HTC Touch Pro 2 (though it looks bad there)
It should run on any modern Java ME device, though. Compatibility reports are welcome any time.
As of 2010-12-09, Pocket Gopher should be considered beta quality. It's usable, but needs more testing, epecially security-wise, since it keeps accumulating features.
Pocket Gopher - a basic Gopher client for mobile devices
2010-12-09 Felix Pleșoianu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Some code and ideas by Nuno J. Silva <gopher://sdf-eu.org/1/users/njsg>
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- more testing
- code cleanup
- saving content
- The famed text web browser supports Gopher natively
Last modified: Tue 16 07 2013, 16:35:38 UTC