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Google Calendars now partly Gears enabled

I logged onto Google Calendar this evening, and it asked me if I wanted to allow Google gears to access this website.  Wow!  This is gonna be great.  I’m actually not all that excited about offline access, which is valuable but increasingly less important as time goes on.  I’m very excited about the faster UI we’ll get from not having to send packets round-trip to Mountain View to make any content changes.

I haven’t seen anything work differently yet.  But that’s really the way it should be.  The Google Reader implementation of gears where you need to explicitly tell it when you’re online vs offline isn’t an ideal experience.  And the Gears API doesn’t require apps to be written that way either — it’s just easier.

I tried unplugging from the net and nothing interesting happened.  I couldn’t update my calendar.  I couldn’t load my calendar — I was hoping maybe they’re just caching the javascript in gears which would be a nice step.  But it doesn’t appear to actually be doing much yet.

It’s just a matter of time.  I predicted first half of 2008 and I’m sticking to that.

  1. leodirac says:

    Calendar and docs both seem to have always kept some kind of MVC model locally on the client. Other apps like gmail and spreadsheets can't seem to do a bloody thing without checking in with the server making them friggin slow. Even still the calendar app gets a little wonky when server connectivity goes south — things act unpredictable sometimes. UI actions get lost. That kind of thing. Calender definitely hits the server frequently when you're using it.

    I said "Mountain View" metaphorically meaning the servers in the cloud. I would hope my readers would understand that Google doesn't host all their servers in silicon valley. No self-respecting internet company would host all their servers in their corporate HQ. That said, Google doesn't seem as well distributed as, say Yahoo, since my ping times to google.com are pretty much always higher than other world-class services. Maybe just not as good on the global server load balancing thing. Or maybe yahoo cheats the pings with a CDN. Who knows? Not me — all I know is what I can infer from trying to use the stuff.

  2. Gretta Cook says:

    What makes you think your packets were ever making a round trip to Mountain View? :)

    But still, yes, it's exciting.

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