June 2007 Archives
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Google Gears is an open source browser extension created by Google. It provides a framework that allows the creation of offline webbrowser applications. At the moment it provides three services:
- Local Server
- A data store for static resources. This allows efficient caching of images, scripts and webpages
- An embedded relation database management system, based on SQLite. SQLite should be familiar to most PHP developers, as it is being shipped with PHP since version 5
- Worker Pool
- A form of threading support inside the browser that allows webapplications to initiate long running processes without hampering the responsiveness of the user interface.
Users only needs to install the extension in order for the browser to be able to access the services when browsing pages.
If you want to get an immediate taste of the database service, be sure to install Google Gears and take a look at my offline, browser-based database client.