Gears


Gears is an open source project that improves the Web browser by allowing web applications to interact naturally with your desktop, store data locally in a fully-searchable database, and run JavaScript in the background to improve performance.


Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Location APIs: The Discussions

Category: Gears, JavaScript

The Gears community is discussing a Geo Location API, which Aaron Boodman mentioned “was recently proposed to the W3C WebAPI group.” Aza Raskin just posted today about Geolocation in Firefox and Beyond which covers his thoughts on an API. I thought it would be fun to look at the proposed APIs: Gears Examples < View Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:09 am
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3.9 rating from 14 votes

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Taking Web Applications Offline, to the Desktop, and beyond

Category: Adobe, Gears, Presentation

Ryan Stewart of Adobe and I got to give a joint talk this morning that covered Adobe AIR, Gears, and how you can build offline and desktop applications right now. Obviously, Ryan gave an overview of AIR, and I did the same for Gears. We also discussed reasons to be excited about Web development, some Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:51 pm
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4 rating from 26 votes

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Yahoo! BrowserPlus: Why wait for the news when you have strings?

Category: Gears, Yahoo!

After posting about Yahoo! BrowserPlus, we certainly have more questions than answers, and we could all wait a week or two to learn more. But, where is the fun in that? Thanks to the fact that Open Source software often normally means that you will find a LICENSE.txt, and the binary itself will have information Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:03 am
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3.3 rating from 17 votes

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Yahoo! BrowserPlus: The rumour is true

Category: Gears, Yahoo!

Awhile back I heard a rumour that Yahoo! had a “Gears-like” project that was cancelled. I thought this was a shame, as having Yahoo! pushing the browser would be a great thing, and I wished that we could all join forces and push together. It turns out the rumour is true, and even better, the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:20 pm
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4 rating from 47 votes

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Joose expands with new ORM

Category: Gears, JavaScript

Malte has continued to work on Joose, his meta object system for JavaScript. He has added a lot of documentation, including cookbooks that tell the story nicely. He also told us about a feature that is near and dear to my Google heart: Joose now includes a simple object relational mapper for the Gears database Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:55 am
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3.3 rating from 17 votes

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Gears and Web Standards

Category: Gears, Standards

Aaron Boodman, co-lead of the Gears team, has written a very thoughtful post on how Gears relates to various Web standards. My analogy was that of a zipper bringing things together: Back to Aaron’s post which I couldn’t say any better, so I put here for ease of browsing: Gears is about more than just Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:03 am
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3.8 rating from 8 votes

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Google Docs now runs offline with Gears

Category: Gears, Showcase

Being able to have your documents stored up in the cloud, but also saved away for the time where you don’t have connectivity is important, and today the Google Docs team supports local service via Google Gears. I have been using this ability for awhile, and I have personally seen a couple of side effects: Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:15 pm
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4.8 rating from 20 votes

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Progress Is N+1

Category: Browsers, Gears, IE

Alex Russell isn’t talking about the N+1 select problem when he references the Joel Spolsky piece on IE 8. We want to applaud the IE 8 team for the work that they have done, but also keep pushing to make sure that it really happens: I was reminded of a discussion last Friday where I Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:45 am
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3.3 rating from 13 votes

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

OpenID and OAuth in the browser?

Category: Browsers, Gears, Security

Originally posted on my personal tech blog When I was looking over Brad Neuberg’s Paper Airplane thought experiment I noticed the single sign on feature, where you login to the browser, and then you are done. I realized that this is what I actually want. Having one signon via OpenID is really nice. It allows Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:59 am
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4.1 rating from 35 votes

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Dojo Storage updated for 1.0

Category: Dojo, Flash, Gears

Brad Neuberg, a partner of crime on the Gears team, has released an update to Dojo Storage that has it cooking with gas on the new Dojo 1.x codebase: Dojo Storage makes it possible to store large amounts of data (hundreds or megabytes of K) on the client-side, way beyond the 4K limit of cookies. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:35 am
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3.6 rating from 20 votes

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Google Gears for Mobile Released

Category: Gears, Google, Mobile

I have seen the huge batches of cell phones that companies keep around to test their applications on. Companies like UI Evolution have come along to try to help out the madness of getting something that works across more than a couple of them. Not only do you have the problems of handsets, but you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:37 am
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3.9 rating from 14 votes

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

gearsAJAXHelper: Using Gears as an optional speed boost

Category: Gears, Google, JavaScript, Performance

Ben Lisbakken, who sits 100 feet away from me, developed gearsAJAXHelper, a library that bridges the AJAX search and feed APIs with Gears, to get a speed improvement: We decided it would be cool to write a small library to make it easy for you AJAX APIs developers to write quick-loading, always fresh searches/feeds. The Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:56 am
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4 rating from 9 votes

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Gears PubTools: Offline Enable Content in Minutes

Category: Gears, Google

Gears gives you all of the components that you need to take your application offline. If you have the type of application that for now wants to just take some of its content offline, that should be trivial to do right? That was Brad Neuberg’s position, so he created Gears PubTools as a way to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:56 am
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4 rating from 20 votes

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Gears 0.2 is in the wild, in production

Category: Gears, Google

We have talked before about Google Gears 0.2. Now, it has been fully released and has been updated on users machines so you can rely on the APIs. The API changes include: New modules: HttpRequest and Timer. The main reason for these modules was that developers told us they wanted to make HTTP requests and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:13 am
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3.4 rating from 17 votes

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Server Side JavaScript Databases Access

Category: Aptana, Gears, JavaScript

Reposted from my personal blog As soon as I started to play with Aptana Jaxer, I saw an interesting opportunity to port the Google Gears Database API (note the Gears in the logo!) If I could use the same API for both client and server side database access, then I can be enabled to do Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:02 am
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3 rating from 27 votes

Friday, January 11th, 2008

Drinking offline at the Happy Hour while being openly social

Category: Gears, JavaScript

Over in Gears land I met with Chandra Patni, the creator of happyhour: Open Social Happy Hour is a port of Open Social Container Sample that employs Google Gears for persistence. It allows data coherency of open social widgets across browser windows. As I said on the Gears blog: The motivation for the project was Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:01 am
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3.1 rating from 17 votes