New Google tools and features, upgrades and plug-ins to Google Chrome, G-mail, and other Google applications.

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Google launches JavaScript API that allows you to write back

Category: Google, JavaScript, Library

I am pretty excited about this one. We have long been able to use a JavaScript API to do read only work on GData feeds from Google. That is all well and good, but sometimes you want to be able to access feeds that require authentication, or be able to write and update data in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:27 am

4 rating from 45 votes

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Google Docs: Presentations Are Here

Category: Google, Screencast, Showcase

Google Docs has been updated with a new presentation file type: Starting today, presentations — whether imported from existing files or created using the new slide editor — are listed alongside documents and spreadsheets in the Google Docs document list. They can be edited, shared, and published using the familiar Google Docs interface, with several Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:46 am

3.3 rating from 20 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

3.9 rating from 16 votes

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Google Book Search: Now with clipping

Category: Google, Showcase

We covered the Ajax upgrade to Google Book Search, and it just got a nice new feature. You can now share clippings from public domain books. All you have to do is click on the new clipping icon, and select the area you wish to clip: At this point you can choose whether you just Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:57 am
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3.4 rating from 14 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

4.2 rating from 20 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

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Google Web Toolkit 1.4: +Final -Beta

Category: Google, GWT

When I see something at Google have its beta tag removed, I know that the team has gone through a lot to deserve that privilege. We recently noted that GWT 1.4 was almost there, and now it is. GWT 1.4 is here. The latest release comes with a revamped Mail example that shows a three-paned Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:20 pm

3.6 rating from 31 votes

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Zoho Writer Goes Offline with Gears

Category: Gears, Google, Showcase

The Zoho office team has released a Zoho Writer product with offline support via Google Gears. In the first release, with Gears installed, you are able to tell the system how many documents to save for offline interaction. They are starting with read-only views, and will then roll out the ability to save docs back, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:52 am

2.7 rating from 24 votes

Google Web Toolkit 1.4 RC 2: Almost there

Category: Google, GWT

The GWT community has released the Google Web Toolkit 1.4 Release Candidate 2. As Scott Blum says: This may well be the best and most solid GWT release to date, and we expect this build will become the final 1.4 release. But: Still, until we designate a “final” 1.4 release, we strongly recommend against using Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:28 am

3 rating from 39 votes

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Google Mashup Editor powered by GWT

Category: Google, GWT

I sometimes get asked “why doesn’t Google eat it’s dogfood and use GWT”. I normally point them too: GWT has been out for just over a year (> 1 million downloads), so it is obvious that properties from 4 years ago may not be running GWT :) There are several parts of Google that do Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:59 am

3.6 rating from 32 votes

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Feed Discovery API added to AJAX Feed API

Category: Google, JavaScript, Library

A subtle little addition has been made to the Google AJAX Feed API: The AJAX Feed API makes it easy to display RSS and Atom feeds on any web page. Unfortunately, its not always quite as easy to find the feed URL of the feed that you wanted. To help with discovering and finding feeds, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:26 am
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3.9 rating from 19 votes

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Google Gears ORM 0.1

Category: Gears, Google, JavaScript, Library

Uriel Katz has a first official release of Google Gears ORM. One of the common questions that I see out there is “will there be ActiveRecord for local databases?”. This is far from that promise, but it is a glimpse into the path. This new version brings a lot of new features including: Relations between Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:39 am

3.6 rating from 32 votes

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

Google Gears Roadmap and Features

Category: Gears, Google

Othman Laraki of the Google Gears team has published news on the Gears Roadmap and Development Process in which he discusses new features and details on the open process that the Gears team is going to follow. Two concrete features that are forthcoming are: Cross-Origin API Google Gears has a strict same-origin security model. However, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:21 am
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4.2 rating from 44 votes

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Dojo Offline: 0.9 and Gears

Category: Dojo, Gears, Google, Offline

Brad Neuberg and SitePen have released a new beta of Dojo Offline. This release includes a full port to Google Gears, a port from Dojo 0.4 to 0.9, and more. Features An offline widget that you can easily embed in your web page with just a few lines of code, automatically providing the user with Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:55 am

3.5 rating from 21 votes

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

How to write a Google Gadget

Category: Google, JavaScript, Programming, Widgets

I’ve written some notes on the Google Gadget API and how to write a gadget, targeted at developers who already know Ajax. What’s a Gadget? The gadget is an XML file sitting on your server. In my case, It will get cached, so effectively it must be a static file. The user adds your Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 8:13 am

4.3 rating from 26 votes

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Base diving with Gears

Category: Articles, Gears, Google

Pamela Fox and I have published our first article in a series on Building Ajax Applications with Google APIs. The first article is on Base diving with Google Gears. We took Google Base and created a simple offline application that stores search results. We use the JSON API and store away the feeds in the Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:51 am
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3.2 rating from 18 votes