Google Developer Day

I’m late to talk about this one, but today is Google Developer Day. It’s wild that thousands of developers are converging in Mountain View alone, and Google is doing presentations in 10 cities around the world. The Mountain View sessions are being held in the San Jose Convention Center, and you can see the full schedule here. If you’re reading this post, you’re probably not at the event though, so you’ll want to check out the streaming webcasts.

There’s a bunch to talk about, too. There’s a new version of the Google Web Toolkit, which lets you program in Java and then convert your code to AJAX/JavaScript for free. Even more fun is Google Gears. Google Gears is a plug-in that lets online web apps store data locally, and that lets you do neat things like an offline version of Googler Reader (which I’ll be trying out when I fly up to SMX Seattle soon). ๐Ÿ™‚

By the way, note that the Google Gears blog post is by Aaron Boodman and another Googler. That name might sound familiar. Aaron Boodman is the guy that did Greasemonkey, which (in my opinion) is one of the most wicked-cool Firefox extensions in the world. Aaron and several other Googlers are providing Google Gears under an open-source license. They’ll be collecting feedback from across the web (plus companies like Adobe) to try to make Google Gears an open standard that any web app can use.

Kudos to the folks that organized and will speak at Developer Day, the Google Reader team for putting together an offline version of Reader, and especially the Google Gears folks for making some really useful code and releasing it with an open-source license. There’s a ton of other great sessions today too, from Patrick Riley talking about Custom Search Engines to Jeff Dean talking about Google’s infrastructure (including MapReduce, the Google File System, and BigTable). Good stuff.

27 Responses to Google Developer Day (Leave a comment)

  1. It will be interesting to see what is talked about at this event, I will be following. Google Gear looks like a huge leap forward. Exciting stuff.

    Mark Bowness

  2. ah, new google web tool kit ๐Ÿ™‚

    hadn’t seen the google gears, thanks

  3. Matt

    All what you mentioned is great for sure, for developers though.
    When would we see something like Google SEO Day for all those hungry search geeks ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Do you know if there will be archival streams or Google Videos available later? Some of us are finishing up the quarter and have lots of projects due in the next few days ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. They also introduced Google Mashup Editor to help create new mashups. Any word on when they will open up new signups?

  6. You didn’t mention – will you be attending any of it?

  7. Matt

    I’m with Harith, let’s have a Google SEO Day for us folks? What do you think, can you swing that for us?

    OnlyMe ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Suhrud Potdar

    Google SEO Day- Yes! the day atleast the SEO world should celebrate!

    To add more how about having a – Solo Theme across the globe-..calling it Google Global SEO Theme, boosting The Search Engine and the people who enjoy putting in their efforts to make a more optimize search and search results.

    Might be making a world record by participating in “Google Search All The Day Event” , where participants will be googling on for fix set of hours at a time across the world!

    This is just for a idea! I dont know if its possible, but can truely show how far Google has become one of our most important part of our daily workout ! Any comments!

  9. >>blog post is by Aaron Boodman and another Googler
    The “another Googler”, Erik, is also famous among the JavaScript community for porting canvas tag in IE (canvas tag is what allows a browser to act like MSPaint, which is what Yahoo Pipes and use).

  10. haha google is the all mighty, are they going to those citys just to buy them?

  11. Oh, it is a exciting new.
    Most of seoer believe that ajax is harmful to the ranking.
    May the tool be a sign that the ajax technology will gradually be accepted by Google search engine?
    Who are other opinions?

  12. Google Gear is cool, Its a very handy tool, Will wait for a detailed overview of Google Developer’s Day later.

  13. Matt,

    no sessions on Google Guice, the lightweight dependency injection framework and Spring competitor. Why is that? I always wanted to test it, since we are using Spring here a lot.

  14. How does Google Gears fit in with with Firefox 3 implementation of the WHATWG standard for offline web applications?

  15. Matt,
    GDD07 was great and I would like to thank everyone at Google for all of their hard work! It was also really great to meet and talk with Sergey not to mention, the after party at the Googleplex.

    By the way here are some photos:

  16. Carmelo Lisciotto

    The Google generation… soon we will be seeing baby googles in the birthing rooms…

    Carmelo Lisciotto

  17. I was sorry to miss this – a great concept and event and it’s neat to see Google and Yahoo working so well on developer relations and projects. Good going Google!

  18. Matt,

    I am seeing a lot of angry chatter about google toolbar beta 3 and some feature it has that pulls a greasemonkey type scam and rewrites the code on the page it is viewing to include Amazon affiliate links for google.

    This seems like the same type of thing Google malware prevention is trying to stop?

    How would Google like it if someone came out with a toolbar that modified the Google java code on pages to be a google publishers code or another network altogether like Overture?

    This seems like one of those things Google should stay the heck away from or they will start a new web war of tools that greasemonkey everyone elses pages to the software coders benefit.

    Not to mention the sharp drop in revenue for all the webmasters.

    The most likely immediate scenario would be google toolbar changing yahoo and yahoo toolbar changing google. Who will win that one? Also seems like google would be opening itself to lawsuits galore on any page that says… “the contents may not be modified or used without the author’s permission” etc..

    You seem to be the man in the know on all things related to this. I was very curious about your opinion after reading about it on searchguild’s forums.

    BTW – they also wrote a javascript to defeat it already and have started a meta tag standard that they want google to adopt eventually to prevent that feature if Google plans to keep doing it.

    You could basically write a whole new blog post about this situation but I could not find anywhere to independently contact you.


  19. Hey Matt, was hoping to people tag you on that photo that I took of you at Maker Fair. Any way you could shoot me your email address so that I could do this and send you an invite to the new zooomr?


  20. One of my employees went to the Google Developer Day in Sรฃo Paulo (weยดre located in the center of Sรฃo Paulo) and he came back with a t-shirt of Google. Thatยดs when I realized I had never seen the Google logo outside the internet,.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. But what you think about the street view function ? A lot’s of developer want develope something into this…but the privacy ?

  22. Its a great shame that they don’t have days like this in the UK. But i think google only have a small base in England, so it wouldn’t be worthwhile.

    I would love to go to a google developer day. I will give google gears a go, thanks for the info ๐Ÿ™‚


  23. Even, I am late here to congratulate you for that Day.

    Happy Google Developers Day Matt….

    Amit Verma

  24. New toys to play with. I agree with Mike would be good to have more stuff in the UK

  25. Google Mashup Editor to help create new mashups. Any word on when they will open up new signups?

  26. Don’t worry, the UK will catch up ๐Ÿ™‚

    Carmelo Lisciotto

  27. Barry Barrios

    I am new to this javascript and google thing. Is there a way to use matlab code which involves plotting and incorporate it into google maps? I have written code but the Google web toolkit converts java into javascript. Is there a way to do this for matlab? It will be nice if it could be done.