In my "brainwashed" post, I managed to get a diss in for Yahoo!'s BrowserPlus™, calling it a band-aid. However, I carefully, pro-actively covered my arse with an earlier Twitter message "Y! BrowserPlus™ looks interesting; maybe the service framework moreso than the function provided".
The existing services provided by BrowserPlus™ seem like eye-candy. Not sure I really need an IRC client in my web apps, nor text to speech. And I'm worried about the kill switch. Mainly because the implication is that I'm somehow always tethered in an uncacheable way to Yahoo!. shiver
But I do like the service framework stuff. At this point, don't really care how useful it is, glad to see people playing in the space. Why?
So let's start experimenting! Go, go Yahoo! BrowserPlus™!Could we do this with Google Gears WorkerPools?
In my "fun with WorkerPools" blog post from a while back, I wondered about building a service framework on top of the WorkerPool bits from Google Gears. Seems like building something similar to what BrowserPlus™ provides is pretty do-able.
The other neat thing about Google Gears is that something like it has leaked into the WHATWG work, via a draft recommendation called Web Workers. Meaning we may be able to do this in a browser-independent way sometime around 2022. Or, our Chrome Overlords will render it moot, since Chrome already ships Google Gears. Or all the browsers will start shipping Gears. Whatever. Workers FTW!
So let's start experimenting! Go, go Google Gears WorkerPool-based service frameworks!