Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Offline: What does it mean and why should I care?

Category: Offline

[CC-A by Anomalous4] Michael Mahemoff has posted an extremely in-depth tutorial on HTML5Rocks on the subject of offline web apps: Introduction: The Meaning of “Offline” Application Cache and Offline Storage Older Offline Storage Techniques Cookies Plugin Based Storage Browser-specific features Offline Storage in the Era of HTML5 Web Storage Web SQL Database IndexedDB File API Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 5:30 am

2.3 rating from 3 votes

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Gmail Offline is here (or coming soon for you!)

Category: Gears, Google, Offline

Gmail Offline has been an incredibly long wished for product feature and now it is coming (takes time to push it out to people and it will appear in Settings – Labs). This is a big deal. It uses Gears of course, and many people are always saying “it’s about bloody time.” This is easy Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:48 pm

4.1 rating from 30 votes

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

OfflineRest: One pattern for offline architecture

Category: Dojo, Offline

Kris Zyp has created OfflineRest, a new module in Dojo 1.2 that allows for a simple offline pattern to building your application. Dojo 1.2’s new dojox.rpc.OfflineRest module automates the local storage of data and synchronization by leveraging the Dojo Data and REST abstractions. The OfflineRest module augments the JsonRest service in Dojo such that requests Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:19 am
1 Comment

3.7 rating from 37 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
1 Comment

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

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

3.8 rating from 26 votes

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

WebRunner Style Customizations

Category: Offline

The WebRunner team has added the ability to add style to your application. Mark Fingle said it well: One new feature we added to WebRunner is web application styling or theming. You can drop a “webapp.css” file in the bundle and it will be applied to the hosted web application. You can also use platform-specific Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:19 am

2.6 rating from 40 votes

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Craigslist Tibco GI Remix

Category: Dojo, Google, Mapping, Offline, TIBCO

Luke Birdeau has remixed Craigslist to produce a desktop-esque Ajax application view on the data that adds features such as being able to save your favorites, add notes to them, and even use the app offline (e.g. take your laptop on the road to go see the stuff for sale of meet that blind date). Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:02 am

3.8 rating from 40 votes

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

eBay Desktop moves to public beta

Category: Adobe, Offline

eBay’s San Dimas project has finally moved to public beta. The application, developed using Adobe’s AIR runtime, provides the ability to manage your eBay experience via a well-designed desktop interface: The product has also graduated to public beta, thanks in no small part to the enthusiasm and support of all of you. Whether or not Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 10:05 am

3 rating from 40 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

3.9 rating from 17 votes

WebRunner 0.7 Released

Category: Offline

Adobe’s AIR runtime gets a lot of press for bringing web apps to the desktop but Mark Finkle’s WebRunner is looking to be an alternative force in this space. WebRunner is a simple XULRunner based browser that hosts web applications without the normal web browser user interface. WebRunner 0.7 was just released with improved configuration Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 7:00 am

3.5 rating from 18 votes

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Making offline web applications even simpler:

Category: Offline

Ian Hickson has been doing a great job defining how web pages can declare themselves as applications, and can thus work offline. He has seen that there is a common case, which is “When you build a true web application, many people do so via the single page model”. If you take this assumption, wouldn’t Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:41 am

3.4 rating from 27 votes

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

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

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

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Writing a desktop application with Ext, AIR, Aptana, and Red Bull

Category: Adobe, Aptana, Gears, Offline, Sencha

Jack Slocum has kicked off his new Ext JS blog with an entry on his experience writing an application with Ext JS, AIR, Aptana, and lots of Red Bull. As part of the experience Jack has created Ext.air.MainWindow which makes your AIR window look like a Ext.Window. Jack actually created two versions, the online one Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:56 am

4.5 rating from 44 votes

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