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Google’s Gears

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

Like the rest of the world, I’ve been exploring the tutorial and examples for the new Google Gears. I was particularly caught by the addition of SQLite for offline storage–I never imagined a day installing a relational database on your client’s machine via the browser on the fly.

It’s remarkably easy to get up and running, and the API is quite simple, too. I copied the database example; now I just need to figure out what to do with it.

I also tried the download static pages example, mainly to check out how the data is stored locally. Interesting storage structure. Could get local disk space intensive if not used wisely.

Should be loads of fun playing in the future.

correction: SQLite is a component of Firefox. I’m assuming it’s installed by Google Gears for IE 6 and up. Support is only for Firefox 1.5 and up, and IE 6 and up. Eventually support will be provided for Safari. No support planned for Opera or other browsers.

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