Vortex: An offline abstraction on top of Google Gears

from ajaxian.com

Google just released Google Gears for pocket pcs

Off-line web applications are a big deal for many companies/projects such as Adobe/AIR, Mozilla/Prism, Google/Google Gears and possibly Microsoft/Silverlight.

From gearsblog.blogspot.com:

Gears for mobile devices is initially available for Internet Explorer on Windows Mobile 5 and 6.

An interesting point is that they “plan to keep the Gears API consistent across all platforms”.

So Steve Jobs new something and designed the iphone with browser only applications.

Amazon for developers

Amazon Web Services and Amazon Business Solutions. They offer the following infrastructure services for developers:

  • EC2=Elastic Compute Cloud (Computing/processing in a cloud)
  • S3 = Storage in a cloud
  • SQS=Simple Queue Service (Messaging between different parts of applications)
  • SDB=Simple Database (Database in a cloud)
  • Flexible Payment Service (Money processing. They don’t call it FPS for some reason 🙂 )

Above those services they offer Dev Pay which allows developers to put their own business model over the infrastructure.
Very interesting business model for Amazon.

A video interview by fastcompany.tv of Jeff Barr, Amazon’s evangelist for its Web Services team.

Info for GWT

New (and not so new) technologies are taking the world of web application development by storm. Flex, Ajax (super-DHTML baptised in a fancy way), GWT etc.

Fast Definition
Google Web Toolkit is a Java framework that allows developers to build complex AJAX enabled web applications using Java code. With GWT, the web developer writes the user interface in Java code using classical java dev-tools such as Eclipse or NetBeans. The Java code is then converted into HTML and JavaScript by the GWT compiler.

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