Gears: Non Solo Per L'Accessibilità Offline

Segnalo un articolo di Mark Hendrickson, uscito oggi su TechCrunch, a proposito di Gears, il progetto open source di Google che si propone di rendere più potenti le web applications, aggiungendo nuove funzionalità al nostro web browser. Leggi qui, per saperne di più. Riporto l'introduzione del lungo articolo, che è raggiungibile, seguendo il link indicato alla fine del post.

"There’s a common misconception that Google’s “next-gen” web platform called Gears only (or even primarily) enables offline capabilities for web applications. The truth of the matter is that Google’s ambitions are far greater, and the browser extension’s capabilities are more multifarious, than this reputation suggests.
Gears has been available for over a year now, with the first version released not too far back in May 2007. You can see the whole version history here, but essentially Gears has undergone four releases, each adding incrementally to its capabilities. The last was released this past August, with another released a couple months earlier in June.

The overall goal of Gears is to bestow upon web applications much of the same functionality enjoyed by desktop apps. And it’s doing so through a browser extension that can be installed for a range of browsers (Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer) on a range of operating systems (Windows, Windows Mobile, Mac OS, and Linux). With the release of Google’s own Chrome browser, some users don’t even have to install Gears; it just comes pre-loaded, making Chrome a super browser of sorts from the get-go..."

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