Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Google Developer Day 2008: Keynote -- Tom Stocky

  • The browser is the platform, but it’s not powerful enough…
  • Google was born on the web — it was a platform born of consensus
  • Chrome aims to make the browser more resilient
    • one app is independent from the other
    • can automatically create app shortcuts like Fluid
  • Gears for Mobile being developed by Charles Wiles in London

  • app engine examples:

Android — Mike Jennings

Supposedly the first live demo of a real Android device in the UK.

The big demo of accelerometer-enabled street view doesn’t work in the UK as there’s no data, and the rest of the demo looked a little flat. The UI was even a bit sluggish at times.

GWT — Sumit Chandel

  • write really sophisticated web apps in the browser
  • how do you handle GWT debugging? debug into Java code using “hosted mode browser”
    • runs your java code as bytecode, rather than generated javascript
    • can see stringified DOM contents of any widgets that you use
  • demo: lombardi blueprint
  • recently released GWT v1.5
    • java 5 language features
    • can use annotations to help optimisations
    • performance enhancements
  • browser support (mid 2008):
    • Firefox 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 3.0
    • Internet Explorer 6 and 7
    • Safari 2 and 3
    • Opera 9.0


  • added Hive & Netlogs support
  • Apache Shinding is an open source reference implementation of an OpenSocial container

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