"Web application development is the perfect 95 percent solution.
It's very easy to develop a simple HTML frontend to something like
PHP or Rails, to deliver data to and from a MySQL database. You can
even give it a more desktop feel by using Ajax tools. But that last
five percent, the ability for desktop applications to work offline,
was missing from the web world until the release of Google
"I look at Gears a lot like Ajax, it's a small set of new
functionality that takes traditional web pages and moves them one
step toward having a complete desktop feel..."
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