Saturday, June 02, 2007

Google Developer day - Google Gears

Here is a presentation given by a Google engineer Aaron Boodman on at the recent Google Developer Day conference. The already started making waves across Internet.

What is Google Gears?

Google Gears (BETA) is an open source browser extension that enables web applications to provide offline functionality using following JavaScript APIs:

  • Store and serve application resources locally
  • Store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database
  • Run asynchronous JavaScript to improve application responsiveness

To know more,

  1. First goto site. The site will identify whether your browser has the extension already installed and suggest you to install. Since the tool is early stages of development, I warn non-developers not to try immediately now. Though the tool looks very promising wait for sometime till the final version arrives.
  2. For (web) developers, this one is a very promising tool for the future. Go and try. Already you have sample implementation available with Google Reader. If you already using Google Reader, try the offline/online feature available there after installing .
  3. It seems IE 6.0/ 1.5+ for windows and Linux is supported out of the box. After installing flush the browser cache and restart both browsers if it is running.
  4. Get the documentation from here.
  5. If you want give feedback and suggest some more features go and post it in the Google Gears Forum.