Every week we will be sending out a status report on the Dojo Offline Toolkit project to keep folks abreast of what we have accomplished the last week and what is planned for the week ahead.
The big task last week was finishing mockups of what potential offline-enabled web applications might look like. The goals here are to make sure we are building the right technology to support offline-needs and to find a common UI that can be turned into a template usable by developers. We created three offline mockups: Gmail, Blogger, and a corporate portal named Adenine. You can see a full blog post on the SitePen blog with these mockups here: http://www.sitepen.com/blog/2007/01/09/28/
Once the mockup was finished mid week, we moved on to defining what Dojo Offline’s API would look like. A lot of great suggestions came in from folks like Dustin Machi, Brendan Eich, Julien Couvreur, and more. We also talked on the phone with Dave Camp, a Mozilla developer working on offline access in the web browser itself, in order to identify common needs and find similar APIs.
On Friday we gave a presentation at the Dojo Developer Day on the Dojo Offline Toolkit, which was received well. We also had nice several nice writeups in the mainstream computer press, including eWeek ( http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2080295,00.asp ) and InfoWorld ( http://weblog.infoworld.com/techwatch/archives/009606.html )
The big goal this week is to finish the Dojo Offline API and document it, then start coding.