Google launches Google Gears

Google is using its first worldwide Developer Day on Thursday to launch Google Gears , an open source technology for building Web applications that can work offline.

In addition the company will unveil plans to work with other vendors to mould standards that would provide developers with consistent APIs for building offline functionality into Web-based applications.

Google Gears is an open source browser extension that lets developers create web applications that can run offline. Gears provides three key features:

  • A local server, to cache and serve application resources (HTML, JavaScript, images, etc.) without needing to contact a server
  • A database, to store and access data from within the browser
  • A worker thread pool, to make web applications more responsive by performing expensive operations in the background

To highlight how the new Gears technology can work, Google is making its Google Reader feed reader available with offline capabilities that were created using the new technology.

 


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