Over the course of an hour Phil, Joseph and Scott Lemon cover a range of topics including (but not limited to):
- The differences between traditional applications and web applications.
- AJAX cross-site scripting opportunities and risks.
- New functionality in Firefox 3 and Internet Explorer 8 to enable better browser-level cross-site data transfer.
- Data portability of social networking graphs and the OpenSocial API.
Google Gears is big news because a Web-based application's biggest stumbling block has always been the fact that if there is no Internet access your application stops working. If you are like me and write Web-based database applications then this is really interesting because it opens up opportunities for your users to access their data in a variety of ways that are currently impossible. For example WhichDoctor manages physician information ranging from their contact information through to their training history. From my perspective it would be nice for a user of this application to be able to pull down a sub-set of this data so they can take it away to a secluded beach to work on for the weekend. Gears helps in realising this functional requirement on the browser but for existing and complex applications like WhichDoctor there is still a great many problems to overcome before such a possibility becomes reality. Read more »
The name is hard to say ten times fast but the demos, scripts and discussion is undenyably fantastic. Extremely useful for leading edge web-based interface scripts and ideas.
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