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Monday, March 19th, 2007

Make it an Ajax summer of code

Category: Editorial, Google

One of the programs I am pleased to be associated with at the Google open source programs office is the Google Summer of Code where Google partners with open source projects and students to create bits not burgers. If you are a student, how about making the Ajax world (and hence the web in general) Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:00 am

3.9 rating from 54 votes

Friday, March 9th, 2007

JavaScript Native Interface (JSNI) in GWT

Category: Google, GWT, JavaScript, Library

I have recently had quite a few people talking about how they like GWT but with they could get out of the Java box to delve into JavaScript for some low level work. The assumption was that you cannot do this with GWT and that if you run against the abstraction barrier you are hosed. Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:01 am

3.7 rating from 44 votes

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Google Apps – Premier Edition

Category: Business, Calendar, Email, Google, Office, Showcase

From the You-Know-When-Ajax-Has-Gone-Mainstream-Dept, Google announced today it will be offering businesses a premium service for its key productivity applications, at $50/user/year. The package includes: Access to office-style applications – Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Google Page Creator. No presentation package yet – perhaps Google should acquire S5 :-). Access to communication applications – GMail (@your-own-domain), Google Read the rest…

Posted by Michael Mahemoff at 11:50 am

3.8 rating from 74 votes

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

The Business of Ajax – Google’s Ajax Search API

Category: Editorial, Google

Google actually relies on our users to help with our marketing. We have a very high percentage of our users who often tell others about our search engine. — Sergey Brin So spake one of the co-founders of Google. But what happens when your users start to tell others about your search engines in ways Read the rest…

Posted by Dietrich Kappe at 10:38 am

3.9 rating from 26 votes

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

Inline maps in main Google Search

Category: Google

The ReadWriteWeb mentioned the addition of an inline map to Google Search, as seen below: The map is registered into the page, and then a table showing the map is displayed when clicked upon. < View plain text > javascript var mb1=ManyBox.register(1,3,’AHBMobKGGT4J’,’’,’Map of&nbsp;7900 Queens Blvd, Flushing, NY 11373′) What is more interesting than the JavaScript, Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:02 pm
1 Comment

3.7 rating from 21 votes

Monday, January 1st, 2007

GCalendar: Accessing Google Calendar from JavaScript

Category: Calendar, Component, Google, JavaScript, Library

Christian Decker wanted to access Google Calendar’s new JSON services in a simple way, so he has created, and shared GCalendar, an API for doing just that. < View plain text > javascript var cal = new Calendar(“”);   cal.onsuccess = function(c){ alert(c); } cal.loadFeed();

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:00 am

3.5 rating from 62 votes

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

GWT Compilation Details

Category: Google, GWT, Interview

Frank Sommers has interviewed Scott Blum of Google on the compilation process that GWT goes through to get your Java code to convert to JavaScript. Scott answers: Could you start by giving us an overview of the GWT development process? What are the biggest differences in the JavaScript the GWT generates for the various browsers? Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:07 am
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3.7 rating from 35 votes

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

Googles Rounded Corner Generator

Category: Google, UI

Zach has picked up on google’s own corner generator. Google probably doesn’t want this to be a corner service, but for now you can create your own google-esque corners with URLs such as: The parameter list: c – the color, as either a name or a CSS-style hex color spec (RGB or RRGGBB) sans Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:36 am

4 rating from 117 votes

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Google Web Toolkit 1.3: Open Source

Category: Google, GWT

Google has open sourced the Google Web Toolkit (GWT). Version 1.3 RC is an open source version of 1.2. Not all open source is equal. What does this mean to us? Google Web Toolkit 1.3 RC is open through and through, including the debugging browser and the powerful Java-to-JavaScript compiler. Now everyone from enterprise developers Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 11:04 am

4.1 rating from 43 votes

Friday, December 1st, 2006

htmlPlayground: GWT based reference guide

Category: Google, Showcase

htmlPlayground is an XHTML, CSS reference with example + starting point of Web 2.0 Code editor written by Zsolt Georgescu using GWT. HTML tags and CSS properties, the most common technologies used in making web pages connected each with an example what you can see in action in the online code editor. With our on-line Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 12:15 pm

3.6 rating from 22 votes

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Google Pages Adds Nice Image Editing

Category: Google, JavaScript, Showcase, UI

When I heard about JotSpot heading to the Googleplex I was excited to know that Abe Fettig (Jot) would be teaming up with the brains at Google Pages, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the world of WYSIWYG editing tools. Google Pages just released a few features, and one of them is Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:15 am

3.6 rating from 18 votes

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Google Book Search gets an Ajax upgrade

Category: Google, Showcase

Nathan Naze and his team at Google have upgraded Google Books: Zoom in on text and images. Here’s a cool full-page sketch of a ship from an 1898 book on steam navigation. Looking for something less dated? Perhaps this colorful page of a room from a book on interior design. Want a better look? You Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:03 pm

4.1 rating from 26 votes

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

Google Web Toolkit 1.2 Released

Category: Google, GWT, Toolkit

GWT 1.2 has been officially released. The last important bugs have been squashed from the RC that was out there recently. Features Dynamic, reusable UI components Create a Widget by compositing other Widgets. Lay out Widgets automatically in Panels. Send your Widget to other developers in a JAR file. Really simple RPC To communicate from Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:39 pm

4.2 rating from 25 votes

Monday, November 13th, 2006

GWT Code: gTraffic and Simile

Category: Google, GWT, Java, LiveEdit

Alistair Rutherford has released a couple of interesting pieces of functionality that revolve around GWT. The first is the launch of a GWT version of a UK road traffic site. The second is the launch of a GWT version of the Simile Timeline control, which is a GWT wrapper around the original API. This allows Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 5:55 am
1 Comment

3.7 rating from 27 votes

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

GWT 1.2 RC: Mac OS X Support

Category: Google, GWT

Bret Taylor of GWT (and Mr. Google Maps btw :) has announced RC1 of Google Web Toolkit 1.2. Full support for OS X development Develop with GWT on OS X as easily as on Linux and Windows Much faster hosted mode Debug your GWT apps much more quickly. Hosted mode startup time has improved significantly Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:55 pm

3.1 rating from 19 votes

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Google has acquired JotSpot

Category: Announcements, Google

First Writely, and now JotSpot. Google is really fleshing out their platform, and now the great rich collaboration tools of JotSpot are in the bag. The future isn’t with emailing Word attachments, and I think we are going to see a nice vision from the Google campus (and others). Abe Fettig was speaking on WYSIWYG Read the rest…

Posted by Dion Almaer at 10:07 am

3.4 rating from 20 votes