WordPress adds support for Google Gears

When I logged into my WordPress-driven website, I noticed a new link called Turbo on the top left:


Clicking it brought this up:


Like Google Docs and Remember the Milk, it essentially is using Google Gears to speed up page load time of WordPress’ images, scripts, and CSS files.  So what is Google Gears?

According to text in Google Code:

Google Gears is an open source browser extension that lets developers create web applications that can run offline. Gears provides three key features:

  • A local server, to cache and serve application resources (HTML, JavaScript, images, etc.) without needing to contact a server
  • A database, to store and access data from within the browser
  • A worker thread pool, to make web applications more responsive by performing expensive operations in the background

Google Gears is currently an early-access developers’ release. It is not yet intended for use by real users in production applications at this time.

Very cool!

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