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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Ajax Pioneer Week: Bruce Johnson of GWT

Category: Google, GWT, Interview, Podcasts

Today we have Bruce Johnson of the GWT team talking to us about GWT 1.5. He discusses the new features, such as the long awaited Java 5 language support, performance improvements, and much more. It is very nice to take an application, run it through the new GWT 1.5 compiler, and get an instantly faster Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:27 am

3.9 rating from 43 votes

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Google offers Search, Feed, and Translation APIs to Non Ajax Usage

Category: Google, JavaScript, JSON, Library

The Google Ajax API team has been offering great services that you can use from JavaScript in the browser. I have talked about some of them on Ajaxian before (Feed API, Feed Discovery API, and the recent Language API) but now we have a great new release that enables you to access these APIs from Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:07 am

4.2 rating from 23 votes

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Appcelerator on App Engine

Category: Google, JavaScript, Showcase

I had a funny feeling that we would see frameworks and tools starting to support Google App Engine. Appcelerator has added support into their SDK, so you can now create an App Engine project. They just ported Tejus’s appTunes demo to the App Engine and deployed it at The example uses embedded Flex components Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:19 am
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3.9 rating from 28 votes

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

What does Google App Engine mean for Ajax developers?

Category: Cloud, Google

I have been really looking forward to seeing the Google App Engine launch, and get in the hands of developers. This is just a preview release, and I obviously would like to see more languages and frameworks above and beyond Python and what we have now. The non-Pythonistas will all be saying “what about [insert Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:55 am

3.8 rating from 31 votes

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Google AJAX Translation API

Category: Google, JavaScript, Library

The game above uses the new Google AJAX Translation API that allows you to do two things via a simple JavaScript API. Translation If you want to take a word in one language, and translate it to another, you simply call something like this: < View plain text > javascript google.language.translate(‘Gato’, ‘es’, ‘en’, function(result) { Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:15 pm

4 rating from 44 votes

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Google Visualization joins the Ajax APIs

Category: .NET, Google, JavaScript

Yoah Bar-David & Itai Raz of Google have introduces the latest Ajax API: Google Visualization API, a new API designed for visualizing structured data. There is a large visualization gallery that can show you some of the visualizations that you can use. You tie into the API as you do with other Google Ajax APIs: Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:56 am

4 rating from 32 votes

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Lessons learned from improving Google Code web site performance

Category: Google, Performance, Showcase

We went through Google Code and did a lot of work to get it running faster. The team used a lot of the principles from Steve Souders book: High Performance Web Sites and ended up with a nice gain: According to our latency measurement stats, the user-perceived latency on Google Code dropped quite a bit, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:58 pm

3.6 rating from 26 votes

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Google Gears for Mobile Released

Category: Gears, Google, Mobile

I have seen the huge batches of cell phones that companies keep around to test their applications on. Companies like UI Evolution have come along to try to help out the madness of getting something that works across more than a couple of them. Not only do you have the problems of handsets, but you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:37 am
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3.9 rating from 14 votes

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

gearsAJAXHelper: Using Gears as an optional speed boost

Category: Gears, Google, JavaScript, Performance

Ben Lisbakken, who sits 100 feet away from me, developed gearsAJAXHelper, a library that bridges the AJAX search and feed APIs with Gears, to get a speed improvement: We decided it would be cool to write a small library to make it easy for you AJAX APIs developers to write quick-loading, always fresh searches/feeds. The Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:56 am
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4 rating from 9 votes

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Gears PubTools: Offline Enable Content in Minutes

Category: Gears, Google

Gears gives you all of the components that you need to take your application offline. If you have the type of application that for now wants to just take some of its content offline, that should be trivial to do right? That was Brad Neuberg’s position, so he created Gears PubTools as a way to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:56 am
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4 rating from 20 votes

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Gears 0.2 is in the wild, in production

Category: Gears, Google

We have talked before about Google Gears 0.2. Now, it has been fully released and has been updated on users machines so you can rely on the APIs. The API changes include: New modules: HttpRequest and Timer. The main reason for these modules was that developers told us they wanted to make HTTP requests and Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:13 am
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3.4 rating from 17 votes

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Google Social Graph API Released

Category: Google, JSON, Social Networks

Reposted from my blog Would you like to be able to make a quick call to get a JSON response that ties together a social graph made up of resources available on the Web? Brad Fitzpatrick, Kevin Marks, and others at Google have released a new Social Graph API that does just that: The new Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:13 pm

3.4 rating from 27 votes

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Accessible Google Charts

Category: Accessibility, Google, JavaScript

Accessibility is something most developers consider an afterthought but not Chris Heilmann, web architect at Yahoo!. As a member of the Yahoo! Accessibility Stakeholders group he takes issues concerning accessibility very seriously and makes it a top consideration in everything he builds. Chris Heilmann recently described his technique for making Google Charts more accessible for Read the rest…

Posted by Rey Bango at 9:04 am

4.3 rating from 40 votes

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Google Gears Future APIs

Category: Editorial, Gears, Google, JavaScript

Over on my personal blog I kicked off a series of articles on some future APIs that are on the table for Gears, and how in my opinion, Gears is mistakenly seen to be about “offline”, when that is just the surface. I started off by discussing the Image Manipulation API, “is a module to Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:32 am
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3.3 rating from 37 votes

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Interviewed on GWT, Gears, Java, and JavaScript

Category: Ajax, Gears, Google, GWT, Interview, Java, JavaScript

Reposted from my blog. I had the pleasure of finally meeting Didier Girard. I seem to run across Didier’s work every week or so, but for some reason we haven’t had a chance to meet face to face, until JavaPolis. Didier sat down with me to talk about GWT, Gears, Java, and JavaScript, and I Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 7:48 am
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3.7 rating from 28 votes

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

ChartMaker: Ext 2 UI on top of the Google Chart API

Category: Google, Sencha, Showcase

Reposted from my personal blog entry on ChartMaker. I had an 11 hour flight from London to SFO. What was I going to do? I had a couple of books with me. The in-flight movies were average, and even in business class they didn’t have the on-demand system, so if you missed the start you Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:12 am

4.1 rating from 30 votes