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November 27, 2007

Zoho and Google Gears: offline editing

Writing about web page http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/zoho_on_gears.php

Zoho, the online word-processor, now implements Google Gears to provide offline editing of documents within the browser.

If you’ve got Google Gears on your computer, you can download selected Zoho documents to your hard drive with just a click. The pages for those documents will then be accessible inside your browser, even with when you are not connected to the internet. Someday soon, the company says, the other Zoho apps will also be available offline as well.

Cool – although I’m still not totally convinced that there’s a great need for ‘occasionally-connected clients’ I used Zoho to write up my final year project and there was the odd time when I couldn’t access a hotspot. Now I’m using Buzzword a lot more (I prefer the interface), but an AIR version of Buzzword would be an interesting alternative.


Flex: LiveCycle Alternatives

Thanks to The Flex Show podcast last week, I was interested to hear about WebOrb, an alternative to Adobe’s LiveCycle. LiveCycle is the enterprise platform for what used to be Flex Data Services, allowing Flex applications to integrate closely with J2EE. LiveCycle ES adds a lot of powerful tools and suites to the core FDS packages and Adobe makes a free ‘Express’ server edition available, but this is limited to a single-processor. The full version costs thousands (if you can get a price – we’ve struggled to get one from Adobe UK) and I’ve seen many posts on forums from developers who find the cost of a multi-processor licence too prohibitive.

Granite and OpenAMF have been available for a while, both are free under an LGPL licence. Granite is currently at version 0.4. but it already promises some great features, including support for AMF3, EJB3, Spring and POJOs. OpenAMF is a development of AMFPHP, an older project and while it doesn’t seem to have some of the features of Granite it does support remoting and does the basics.

WebOrb is similar to Granite, except that the product family currently supports integration with a range of platforms, including .NET, Ruby On Rails, PHP and J2EE. The Java Standard Edition is available for free and provides support for AMF0, Java Beans EJBs and POJOs. There’s also a Yahoo Group for developers using WebOrb, Flex & AJAX.


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