Is BrowserPlus the new Google Gears?
When developing Plupload we really enjoyed working with Google Gears, the whole quality of that project was just very nice from a developer perspective. Unfortunately, Google decided to stop developing Gears, possibly since HTML5 is getting a lot of the functionality, we believe it was way to early to close down Google Gears. Currently, the latest version of Google Gears does not work with Firefox 3.6 and it does not seem to be any light at the end of that tunnel, the latest post on the developer blog was at the end of May 2009.
BrowserPlus however is just full of life, the Yahoo employed developers are full at work producing quality code, after looking at the Plupload feature list, that red cross over the support for chunking really annoyed them so they have now released support for chunking and contributed a patch on Github. Spocke is currently looking it over and we expect to have that into the main code base very soon, and a new public version after that.
That means that BrowserPlus will support all functionality in Plupload, and since Google Gears doesn’t even work in the latest version of Firefox, will be the only runtime that does support all options.
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