Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Adobe, Google cite offline access to Web apps as trend

Offline entree to Web applications is becoming an of import trend, with Adobe and Google looking to do the most of this
new direction.

Representatives of the two companies touted offline entree engineerings during a presentation at the Web 2.0 Exhibition conference
in San Francisco on Wednesday. Adobe supplies its (Adobe Integrated Runtime) software system for this space, while Google is working on its technology.

[ InfoWorld's and believe Adobe air is really cool and useful. But isn't so sure. See who you hold with. ]

"Really, what it's about is developer choice," said Ryan Stewart, Adobe platform evangelist. Previously, the Web was limited
to the browser, but now it is expanding, Jimmy Stewart said. He cited respective illustrations of new tendencies in Web technologies, including
Prism, that convey Web applications to the desktop in a similar mode to Adobe.

"The creativeness for development pretty much went to the browser," because it was cross-platform and easy to develop for, Stewart
said. The browser helped surrogate development of exciting applications.

"Adobe air desires to convey some of that to the desktop," said Stewart. The company desires to take the best of the Web and offer
more functionality beyond browser limitations, he said.

AIR users can take advantage of resources on their local machine; also, Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) applications
can be built inside AIR, Jimmy Stewart said. air applications have an installer supported across multiple operating systems. air supplies existent desktop applications that usage Web technologies, and it have Flash integrating and local data file access.

"You really have got full control over the data file system," Jimmy Stewart said.

Google's Dion Almaer hailed Google Gears, a beta-phase undertaking intended to enable more than powerful Web applications. Among other
capabilities, Gearing lets Web applications to interact naturally with the desktop.

Gears, Almaer said, is an unfastened beginning update chemical mechanism for the Web. Possible improvers to Gearing include a location API, providing
the ability to cognize where a user of a browser is; an audio API; and a presentment API, which would supply alarms for users.

Google Gearing characteristics a local waiter cache for application resources, the SQLite database for information storage, and the ability
to do Web applications more antiphonal through the WorkerPool capability. Resource-intensive operations are performed asynchronously
via JavaScript-based WorkerPool.

Almaer cited a user site, Buxfer, which is a Web 2.0 startup that manages personal finances for pupils sharing resources. Some users make not desire to hive away their banking information in Buxfer servers; with Gearing they can hive away it locally, said Almaer.

"They're using the database not in an offline [capacity] but just as a topographic point to hive away this data," he said.

Gears was described as a bleeding-edge execution of hypertext markup language 5, the specification for which have capablenesses to help
Web application writers and improved interoperability for user agents, according to the World Wide Web Consortium's Web page
on hypertext markup language 5. Alice Paul Krill is editor at big at InfoWorld.

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