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.


Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Buxfer: Another Personal Finance 2.0 Site

Category: Gears, Prototype, Showcase

Buxfer is another personal finance site, a la Mint. Todd Ritter reports: Buxfer has a few interesting features that differentiate it from the others. While it offers auto-syncing of transaction information with your banks and credit cards, budgeting, and expense analysis, Buxfer also has three key characteristics: Shared Finances – Buxfer allows you to create Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:04 am
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3.6 rating from 27 votes

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Google Gears Future APIs

Category: Editorial, Gears, Google, JavaScript

Over on my personal blog I kicked off a series of articles on some future APIs that are on the table for Gears, and how in my opinion, Gears is mistakenly seen to be about “offline”, when that is just the surface. I started off by discussing the Image Manipulation API, “is a module to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:32 am
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3.3 rating from 37 votes

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Interviewed on GWT, Gears, Java, and JavaScript

Category: Ajax, Gears, Google, GWT, Interview, Java, JavaScript

Reposted from my blog. I had the pleasure of finally meeting Didier Girard. I seem to run across Didier’s work every week or so, but for some reason we haven’t had a chance to meet face to face, until JavaPolis. Didier sat down with me to talk about GWT, Gears, Java, and JavaScript, and I Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:48 am
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3.7 rating from 28 votes

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Zoho Writer Offline with Editing

Category: Gears, Offline, Showcase

Zoho Writer was quick to release offline support using Gears, which allows you to carry read-only views of your data around when you were offline. This was just the first step in their offline support, and now they have announced the next step. This new version allows you to edit on the road with a Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:00 am
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3.3 rating from 23 votes

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Wikipedia Offline with GearsMonkey

Category: Articles, Gears, Google, Offline, Showcase

Working on the Gears team we also run across applications that we would love to take offline. A lot of these applications aren’t Google’s so we thought it would be nice to be able to take third party apps offline. This also makes sense since Aaron Boodman (Mr. Greasemonkey) is co-tech lead on Gears itself! Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:24 am
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3.4 rating from 269 votes

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

Mindmeister: Take your mind map offline

Category: Gears, Offline, Showcase

Mindmeister has taken their mind map tool and now allow you to map offline. The tool itself is a nice Ruby on Rails application (includes pink fade effects! yellow is so 2006) that gives you a visual canvas to play with your mind. Their approach to offline is similar to Google Reader in that the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:52 pm
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3.8 rating from 26 votes

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Running CPU Intensive JavaScript Computations in a Web Browser

Category: Gears, JavaScript

Julien Lecomte has written up the pattern where you use setTimeout() to keep yielding control back to the main thread so that it can handle browser events. Completion Callback < View plain text > javascript function doSomething (callbackFn [, additional arguments]) {     // Initialize a few things here…     (function () { Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:21 am
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4.3 rating from 71 votes

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

HTML5 Wrapper for Gears Database Component

Category: Gears, HTML

Dimitri Glazkov took a look at the HTML 5 SQL Storage API which WebKit just implemented and put together a Gears wrapper. As an example he has Stickies running on Firefox with Gears. The bridge is very simple indeed. Just take a peek at the code. The major note here is that the current draft Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:49 am
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3 rating from 19 votes

Friday, October 19th, 2007

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

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

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 Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:37 pm
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4 rating from 24 votes

Gears in Motion: Database Tool

Category: Gears, Utility

Eric Abouaf has released Gears in Motion, a tool that allows you to quickly and easily look at your local SQLite database, and make edits on the fly. You can make schema changes, data chances, and see the entire flow of relationships. It even groks URLs so if you put a JPG in the database, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:34 pm
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1.7 rating from 384 votes

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Vortex: A new offline abstraction on top of Google Gears

Category: Gears, Google, JavaScript, Library, Offline

Brian Dunnington liked what he saw with the Dojo Offline Toolkit, and wanted to abstract it out so you could use functionality with any JavaScript library. He ended up with a new library called Vortex, a 10k JavaScript file that features: Ability to automatically detect referenced resources such as images, scripts, and stylesheets (including nested Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:06 pm
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3.9 rating from 17 votes

Friday, September 14th, 2007

The Digg Oracle: Data mining on the client

Category: Gears, JavaScript, Showcase

Brian Shaler noticed that almost a year ago, Digg removed the “search your own Diggs” feature, to the dismay of thousands of Digg users. To explain why the feature had not yet returned, they cited hardware and software solutions as being very complicated and expensive. Brian decided to re-implement the feature himself using the Digg Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:48 am
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3.2 rating from 19 votes

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Sybase Shows Auto Change Tracking and Syncing with Google Gears and iAnywhere

Category: Gears, Google, Offline

Eric Farrar of Sybase iAnywhere has been developing a prototype that allows direct database-to-database synchronization of a Gears application to Oracle, SQL Server, DB2 and Sybase databases. We asked Eric about his work and he told us: At Sybase iAnywhere we provide a data sync infrastructure for mobile and remote apps. The Background Sync architecture Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:38 am
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3.9 rating from 16 votes

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Gears Case Study: What we learned from Remember The Milk

Category: Articles, Gears, Google, Offline, Showcase

As I posted on the Google Gears Blog: Omar Kilani of Remember The Milk took the time to write up his teams experience in Taking web applications offline with Google Gears. The article moves past an introduction to delve into the design decisions around an offline-capable architecture, and user messaging and presentation of state. We Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:15 am
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4.2 rating from 20 votes

Friday, August 31st, 2007

TrimPath Junction: A walk through

Category: Articles, Gears, JavaScript

Jack Herrington and Steve Yen have put together a nice little article introducing TrimPath Junction: Junction is an all JavaScript framework that closely models the Ruby on Rails model-view-controller design pattern and implementation. And with the help of the Helma JavaScript web server, it runs the same code both on the client and on the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:45 am
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4.2 rating from 10 votes

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Google Gears 0.2 Developer Release

Category: Gears, Google

The Gears team has rev’d a new version aimed at developers. This release isn’t going to propagate to end-user machines yet, as we want to time to hear from the community on the new features and APIs. Speaking of which… What’s new? Cross Origin API Until now, there was no way to talk past the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:40 am
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4.6 rating from 89 votes