Being on the road and having a virtual office is a great benefit. There are times when I just feel like disconnecting from the world and just sit and relax...and read some RSS feeds. :-) Google Gears takes certain Google applications to a new level: offline status. When installed, the open source add-on integrates the following into your Firefox browser:
- Database - A fully-searchable relational database stored locally.
- WorkerPool - Makes your web application more responsive by performing resource-intensive operations asynchronously.
Once I installed the add-on and being a programmer, I immediately went to the samples page to see how this puppy worked. I was really impressed with the results.
Again, I wanted more, so I looked around for the API to see how hard it was to code something. Based on this tutorial, it's very easy to include offline functionality in your web apps (and Yes, at this point, for those who know me, I was starting to geek out). I actually can't wait to start using the API.
How easy of a deployment would that be for a web application? A existing Firefox browser and an add-on. Application installed? Check!
Ok, definitely a great add-on and I can't wait to start working with it. Actually, I'm going to start right now...oh..by the way, definitely a rating of 5/5.
UPDATE: Ajaxian just posted an interview with Mike Tsao of the Google Gears team.