The features offered by Google Gears (but also the upcoming HTML 5 standard, and the Webkit browser framework) allow Ajax developers to create rich, fully fledged database applications that have to ability to be partially or even completely off-line.
Access to an off-line database as provided by google gears offers great opportunities to increase the availability as well as the scalability of regular web-applications:
One of the recurring themes in creating Gears applications that utilize the embedded database is how to implement synchronization to a central relational database server. This talk describes in detail a number of different approaches to creating Google Gears database applications and synchronizing the local google gears database to an online MySQL database.
I’m a Web Application and Business Intelligence developer and I authored two books about the Pentaho Open Source Business Intelligence stack: “Pentaho Solutions” (ISBN 978-0470484326) and "Pentaho Kettle Solutions (ISBN 978-0470635179). I’m an active member of the MySQL and Pentaho communities. In the past, I worked for Inter Access, MySQL AB, Sun Microsystems. I currently work for Pentaho.
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