Friday, October 19th, 2007

Blog.gears: An offline Blogger client using the new GData Blogger JavaScript Client

Category: Examples, Gears, Google, JavaScript, Screencast, Showcase

<>p>I was excited when Google announced their first JavaScript API that allows you to write back to a service.

Now, they have released a Blogger client that does the same, which means that you can now manipulate your blog posts directly from JavaScript.

Along with the release there are a few examples such as:

  • A tool that takes your upcoming Calendar entries and creates blog posts of the events
  • A code snippet that you can add to your website that enables visitors to your site to click on a link to comment on your content on their own blog
  • Code that allows you to search blogs on various topics, find entries, and again allow users to comment on their own blog

And finally, Blog.gears, an offline blog editor:

I tend to write a fair share of blog posts, and whenever I am writing them while offline I tend to open up Textmate to do the write-up. Wouldn’t it be nice if I could open up my blog editor and do it all while I am offline?

The architecture behind the editor follows the pattern of:

  • The UI looks to the local DB for data
  • When an event happens it gets queued
  • When an event happens the UI tries to send it to the cloud
  • Events have status flags to let the system know what is happening

We interviewed Pamela Fox about the application, and she went through the architecture at a high level, and also did a screencast of the application itself.

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Pamela Fox is so hot

Comment by Michael — October 19, 2007

Interesting tool, I can see it’s uses for a blog engine. Though in general terms I must say I’m a bit skeptic to Gears, mainly because it reduces your server to a “data storage” and basically forces you to stuff lots of business logic on the client in the form of JavaScript…
I think it would probably be impossible for Gaia to utilize since all that’s rendered in a Gaia app is initiated by some event happening on the server and caching such things in a “cacher” (like Gears) would be impossible…

Comment by Thomas Hansen — October 20, 2007

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