Google Developer Day 2007 UK - Morning Sessions
OK, so I know I said I'd post at the weekend, and instead it's been a week, but I'm sure I'll catch up eventually... In this post I'll cover the morning - basically the keynote and lunch, and yes, before you ask, in my opinion anything up until the end of lunch is 'morning' As usual this is (or should be) marked up in hReview format, no fancy include patterns this time though.
Review: General Session and Local Keynote at GDD07UK, The Brewery in London, 52 Chiswell Street, London 12:00 to 13:00
- What's good for web developers is good for Google
- Open Source and CC are good for web development
- We use Third Party, trustable, licenses that are above reproach so that developers know that they can trust that which we are providing
- And it allows Google to iterate APIs faster
- And open source makes standards possible
Apart from the rather hackneyed attempt to get 'trust' into the middle point twice, this was a very interesting position. Google is good at the web, so anything which makes the web more useful, and by implication increases web usage, is good for Google. Although this attitude does have a bit of underlying arrogance, it's hard to see many other companies making a similar claim (eg. swap 'Google' for 'Microsoft' and 'web' for 'desktop platform', or perhaps even 'IBM' and 'IT Consultancy'). Chris then went on to explain how all this applied to Google Gears (or, as we were told it was originally called, 'Scour' - as in "scouring the web with ajax" - yes, think cleaning products ) - there was no intention for Google to implement for every browser on every platform but, because it was all open source, they fully expect people to implement it themselves if their own favourite browser isn't supported.
Next we heard from Ed Parsons, a self described 'manic geographer'. He talked about how deeply embedded geographical information was in the world's data and how Google Maps API would help us developers exploit that. He made the claim that 80% of the world's information is either explicitly or implicitly geographical, though the evidence for this was somewhat apocryphal. He also showed the 'long tail' of potential geographical information and talked about how Google saw their role as providing tools to allow people to fill in that long tail with useful (crawlable and indexable) geographic information. He then gave us a potted tour of these tools - Google Earth and Maps, Mapplets, StreetView and Sketchup plus KML. This was followed by a question and answer session, not all of which were strictly development questions - licenses and privacy featured strongly, but Chris and Ed dealt well will all of them and were quite happy for anyone with concerns to contact them directly after the event.
Not a lot of technical content in this session, but enough to keep me interested all the same - . out of 5
Review: Lunch at GDD07UK, The Brewery in London, 52 Chiswell Street, London 13:00 to 13:45
With all that out of the way, this weekend I'll get round to doing reviews of the talks which had some actual technical content.
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