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.

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Google Gears DB Abstractions

Category: Gears, Google, JavaScript, Library

I had a feeling that this would happen pretty quickly. The Google Gears APIs are fairly low level, which leaves room for higher level abstractions. I ported an old abstraction over with gears-dblib, which allows me to not repeat myself in a number of areas. I personally prefer working with objects than result sets for Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:29 am

3.6 rating from 24 votes

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Flex-based SQLAdmin for Google Gears

Category: Adobe, Gears, Google, Showcase

Christophe Coenraets always brings the goods when you need a quick demo. He created the SQLAdmin tool for Google Gears that Kevin Lynch demonstrated yesterday. This app does have the side effect of showing me that I am not a mousey person. I kept clicking on “CREATE DATABASE” when I was meant to drag and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:59 pm

3.2 rating from 40 votes

Aflax and Google Gears

Category: Flash, Gears, Google

Paul Colton quickly took Google Gears and created a simple example of using it from Flash, and his Aflax framework. Kevin Lynch demonstrated an Apollo application that used Gears at the California Google Developer Day event today. You could also have applets that use the JavaScript. function displayRecentPhrases() { var recentPhrases = [”, ”, ”]; Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:45 am

2.9 rating from 14 votes

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

RSS Bling goes Offline with Google Gears

Category: Gears, Google

I couldn’t resist taking RSS Bling, and adding modern offline support to it (instead of HTA/Mozilla specific support from 2+ years ago). I tackled a very narrow problem. Instead of grabbing feed and post data directly from an online store, I changed the code to: Display the feeds and posts, pulling them from the local Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:03 pm

3.9 rating from 24 votes

Audible Ajax Episode 21: Dojo Offline on Google Gears

Category: Dojo, Gears, Google, Interview, Podcasts

Google has announced some big news for Ajax developers at Google Developer Day. The announcement is Google Gears, an open source runtime to allow you to build Offline Web applications. Some may think “hmm, what about Dojo Offline?” The great news is that the Dojo crew were in the loop wrt this project, and Brad Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:02 pm

4.4 rating from 36 votes