Google gears up

No surprise here with Google announcing another new product. Google Gears is an open source browser extension that lets developers create web applications that can run offline. Gears allows users to cache and serve application resources (HTML, JavaScript, images, etc.) locally. There is also functionality to store data locally in a fully-searchable relational database. I’ve had a test drive and it looks great.

I’m looking forward to storing websites for offline browsing and testing without firing up my local server. Although, I’m not sure how much use I would get out of it as it seems that I’m always online!! Developers will need a decent knowledge of Javascript to ‘Gear’ up their content, after that, just upload to a server and ask the user to install Google Gears. Simple.