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Offline Ajax: Taking Large Browser-based Applications Off-line

Kevin Henrikson, Director of Engineering, Zimbra

Track: Web Applications (client-side and server-side)
Date: Thursday, July 26
Time: 2:35pm - 3:20pm
Location: E145

Looking back, 2006 may have been the year of Ajax. The technorati has said that a “Web 2.0” company needs is the three “A’s” -- Ajax, AdSense, and Arrogance. Ajax did deliver a new set of internet-based applications that provide users with a rich set of integrated features traditional applications have failed to provide. But despite its game-changing hype, Ajax is limited in its usefulness, it only helps people on the Web. Surprisingly enough, people want access to their applications even when they aren’t connected to the Internet.

This session will cover an architecture for taking Ajax applications off-line. Kevin Henrikson of Zimbra will explore how Zimbra managed to integrate several open source projects--Tomcat, Jetty, Jakarta, MySQL, and Firefox--to create an architecture for offline Ajax applications. Using the Zimbra e-mail client as an example, Henrikson will show how other companies can use these technologies to take their own web-based service offline as well.