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Google’ s “Gears on Rails” project

The Gears on Rails project by Google Gears enables Ruby on Rails developers to take their applications offline, as some sharp developers put Gears to new and different uses. Developers are putting Google Gears to some interesting uses, including offline support for Ruby on Rails and building client-side search engines.

Michael Marcus and Rui Ma, two recent graduates from the information systems masters program at New York University, have designed a development framework called Gears on Rails.

In a blog post about the project, Dion Almaer, a Google engineer, said, “Gears on Rails helps developers to write fully offline functional Web applications based on Gears without learning a bit of Gears … The sweet spot is building a Rails application that can handle local interactions without having to drop down to Gears JavaScript APIs themselves.”

Almaer also did an interview with Marcus and Ma in which Ma described Gears on Rails as a proof-of-concept project whose goal is “to let developers build the offline version of their Web site without having to know anything about Gears or even to learn new techniques.”

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