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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Gmail Offline is here (or coming soon for you!)

Category: Gears, Google, Offline

Gmail Offline has been an incredibly long wished for product feature and now it is coming (takes time to push it out to people and it will appear in Settings – Labs). This is a big deal. It uses Gears of course, and many people are always saying “it’s about bloody time.” This is easy Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:48 pm

4.1 rating from 30 votes

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Having fun in the Ajax Playground

Category: Google, JavaScript, Showcase

Ben Lisbakken, a chap who I had the pleasure to work with at Google, has done a really nice job creating a Google Ajax API Playground, an area that allows you to touch and feel the APIs in real-time: Ben said: The AJAX API Playground is currently loaded with over 170 samples for 8 Google Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:12 am

4 rating from 26 votes

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Native Client: Open ActiveX?

Category: Google

Google has released a cool research project called Native Client, a new browser plugin (how many plugins now? gears, toolbar, lively [for awhile], earth, …) that allows you to compile with a special GCC compiler down to x86 that can run in the browser. IE is missing so far, but remember this is a research Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:10 am

3.4 rating from 23 votes

Monday, November 17th, 2008

State of the Open Web Talk

Category: Conferences, Google, Standards

I recently gave a State of the Open Web talk as part of the Google Developer Days overseas, in Italy, Russia, the Czech Republic, and Israel (I’m getting over a 10-hour jet lag right now – whew). The talk description: “Come learn about the state of the Open Web, what it is, and why it Read the rest…

Posted by Brad Neuberg at 8:00 am

3.6 rating from 21 votes

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Chrom(e|ium) Details: I/O, Responsiveness, UI, and Graphics

Category: Chrome, Google

The Google folks have been doing a really good at consistently blogged about the decisions that were made as they created Chrome: Graphics in Google Chrome Google Chrome uses a library called Skia, which is also the graphics engine behind Google’s Android mobile OS. The two projects share code that implements WebKit’s porting API in Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:14 am
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3.7 rating from 17 votes

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Google Chrome History Issue

Category: Browsers, Google

Amongst the reactions to Google’s release of Chrome was the developer’s howl of pain at the thought of another major browser on which to do compatibility testing. Google’s generally asserts that Safari compatibility results should be the same as Chrome’s, but Nathan Hammond stumbled across a divergence that he finds troubling and which Google shows Read the rest…

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:00 am

3.8 rating from 31 votes

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Google turns 10, and gives us a nice scrollable timeline

Category: Google

Google has turned 10, and we wanted to celebrate. Soon we will be a teenager :) The site for the Tenth birthday has some nice features, including a scrolling time line of the history that is very Gooey indeed. There are nice subtle elements to the component. If you scroll the bar you will see Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:59 am

4.6 rating from 23 votes

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Google Chrome, Chromium, and V8

Category: Browsers, Google

It is really exciting to see the level of pace that browsers have been setting recently, especially with respect to performance. I have been able to keep in sync with Google Chrome the new browser, and Chromium, the open source code-base it comes from. There are a couple of innovations that have been great to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:00 pm

4.5 rating from 60 votes

Friday, August 29th, 2008

GWT 1.5 final release is shipped and out the door

Category: Google, GWT, Java, Library

I have seen the GWT team working very hard indeed on GWT 1.5, and they must be very happy to see the final release shipped and complete: GWT 1.5 delivers what we think are an impressive number of improvements, about four hundred issues if you’re counting. We’re also happy that one of those is issue Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:51 am

3.9 rating from 27 votes

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

GALGWT 1.0… it isn’t a land next to Mordor

Category: Gears, Google, GWT

GWT has long had a project that aimed to give rich support for Google APIs called GALGWT, or “Google API Libraries for Google Web Toolkit”. This project has stepped up to higher gear recently, and we have seen the GALGWT 1.0 release candidate appear. What is in GALGWT? The project is a collection of libraries Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:45 am
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3.8 rating from 8 votes

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

navigator.geolocation: Using the W3C Geolocation API today

Category: Gears, Google, JavaScript, Mapping, Standards

Last week I wrote a simple WhereAreYou? application that used the Google Ajax APIs ClientLocation API to access your location via your IP address. At the same time, we announced support for the Gears Geolocation API that can calculate your address using a GPS device, WiFi info, cell tower ids, and IP address lookups. Add Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:14 am

3.6 rating from 30 votes

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

SEO and RIA get closer together with Flash indexing news

Category: Adobe, Google

Google and Adobe have been working on improving the indexing of Flash applications. In the past we could simply look at the SWF files and try to grab strings out of them, but there was zero context. To go further Google uses the SWF Searchable work from Adobe to be more of a ‘human’ actor Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:05 pm

3 rating from 29 votes

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Gears 0.3 Released, and Google I/O videos on Ajax related content available

Category: Ajax, Gears, Google, GWT, JavaScript, Presentation

Some good stuff came out from my employer. First, we have the Gears 0.3 release which includes support for Firefox 3! I have been using it for awhile, and it has been great. The team wanted to get it out before the Firefox 3 launch (planned for June 17th). A plugin like Gears can get Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:53 pm

3.7 rating from 21 votes

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

Announcing AJAX Libraries API: Speed up your Ajax apps with Google’s infrastructure

Category: Ajax, Google, JavaScript, Library

I just got to announce the Google AJAX Libraries API which exists to make Ajax applications that use popular frameworks such as Prototype,, jQuery, Dojo, and MooTools faster and easier for developers. Whenever I wrote an application that uses one of these frameworks, I would picture a user accessing my application, having 33 copies Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:42 am

4.6 rating from 201 votes

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Doctype: You want tests with your copy?

Category: Google, JavaScript

Doctype is an exciting beast, and for many reasons. Having a place to collect this data is key, and as I said yesterday, I can’t wait to see it grow as an open resource. The other cool part of Doctype is that there are tests to backup claims. This seems like a “no brainer” as Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:47 am
1 Comment

3.9 rating from 20 votes

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Google Doctype: Documenting the Open Web

Category: Google

Mark Pilgrim has released Google Doctype, an open encyclopedia and reference library. Written by web developers, for web developers. It includes articles on web security, JavaScript DOM manipulation, CSS tips and tricks, and more. The reference section includes a growing library of test cases for checking cross-browser and cross-platform compatibility. This is just the beginning Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:20 pm

3.1 rating from 26 votes