Thursday, May 20, 2010

GOOGLE I/O Web Developer Conference May 19


Google "IO" stands for "Innovation in the Open", and Input/Output

Google I/O is a web developer conference held annually by Google to discuss web applications using Google and open web technologies. This year Google I/O features 80 sessions, with about 5,000 developers from 66 countries, 200 speakers and 180 demonstrations from developers showcasing their technologies and 90 technical sessions and chats. 

The 2010 event is held on May 19 and 20 at Moscone West , San Francisco .

Event details :

Google is streaming the entire keynote address via YouTube. The keynotes videos can be viewed at :

Summary of the major announcements made :
- Google App Engine for Business : providing companies with ways to build internal apps, using the same technology as Google for its own software. Cloud portability was also enhanced, as Google teamed up with WMware, in order to offer companies the chance to build rich web apps and deploy them to the cloud.

- Chrome Web Store, an open marketplace for web apps, allowing people to find the best software on the Internet.

- WebM debuted under a royalty free license as a open web-optimized video codec that comes with high quality and open-source VP8 features. 

- Google Wave is opened to everyone, invitation-free, at, as part of Google Labs.

- Focus on HTML5 development and its support for Adobe, Mozilla, Opera, and Apple. 

- Announced an open API for Latitude, its location-aware mobile app, in a bid to become the center of the location universe.

New version of FEED API  so that  publishers can  improve the relevance of AdSense ads  with push updates that make the latest -enabled feed data available without requiring visitors to refresh pages, and a library of high-quality open-source web fonts, accessible to everyone through the new google Front API .

    Vic had in his opening address promised more attractive and exciting news on the second day.

    This is a summary of Day 1 keynote address with all the 12 videos posted and a brief summary of each video.  The whole keynote address lasted about 2 hours.

    Part 1 : 

    Google's vice president of engineering, Vic Gundotra welcomes the 5,000 attendees, notes that the keynote is being  streamed live on YouTube for the first time, and offers a concise definition of Google's mission: "Innovation in the Open." He elaborated briefly on the web openness and as the most important platform which belongs to all.
    Sundar Pichai VP of product management update about the Web's development language that should allow far more desktop-like Web applications. He quoted a 117 percent increase in the time spent on the Web from 2004 to 2009 and the growing number of browsers that can handle most of HTML5's core features. He   compared various  browser support ( Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera )  for HTML5 and predicts that by the end of the year, "all of the major APIs [application programming interfaces] will be present in all the modern browsers."

    Part 2 :

    Demo to show the speedy and efficient use of HTML5 applications. Jeff Chang shows Gmail's features of drag and drop attachments to a message. Charles Pritchard ( Founder of Mug.Tug ) demo Darkroom which allows one to edit photos offline on client side as if you were clicking away in Google's Picasa. Jim Lanzone of  TV-guide site Clicker.COM demo the smooth and  simple navigation through its onscreen menus.

    Part 3 :

    Pichai announced the VP8 video format  ( bought from On2 Technologies )  to the Web.  It will be a fully open-source VP8 under a completely royalty-free license. Google will package it with the open-source audio format Ogg  Vorbis  as "WebM." Mozilla's VP of Engineering Mike Shaver and Opera's CTO  Hakon Lie demo how WebM works in development versions of their browsers.

    Part 4 :

     Adobe CTO  Kevin Lynch elaborated on  what the company is doing to support HTML5 in its Web-authoring tools. He demo  apps like DreamWeaver which allow one to build HTML5 pages. By so doing, one need not rely on a third-party plug-in to play video online which  imposes extra maintenance work on the user to keep up with that plug-in's bug fixes and security patches. Second, leaving Web video as a proprietary format goes against how the rest of the Web works--no patents or licenses control HTML. Third, a format that requires that Web developers and publishers pay to use it can hold back the growth of video ( example H.264 is free through 2015 ).  With this given free, Google is trying to solve those problems--which, if it causes more people to spend more time online, can only help Google's ad business. Lynch wraps up his demo by saying that the Flash Player will play VP8 video--which gets around IE not supporting VP8 directly.

    Part 5 :

    Pichai offers a solution to finding apps on the web : he introduced the Chrome Web Store.  Chrome will add an app store of its own, allowing one to buy a Web application and add it to a special listing of apps in the browser. This service will also allow developers to sell their apps in an online market. He demos 2 apps Plant n Zombies and Web-app version of Lego Star Wars , both were good of what HTML5 can make possible. Even if it is called the Chrome Web Store, these apps, Google says, will be usable by anybody that has a computer and a web browser at their disposal. They won’t be restricted to Google Chrome.

    Part 6 :

    Presentation  by Terry McDonald , Editor of Sports Illustrated  showing off an HTML5-enriched version of the magazine obtained from the Chrome Store that embeds video, bookmark features of stories and clips, uses the magazine's own fonts, search functions  and  looks exactly like the printed product. 

    Part 7 :

    Pichai present more features about Chrome Store. He says app developers can reach 70-million users of Chrome, who will see this waiting in that browser's new-tab page. Google's upcoming Chrome OS software for netbooks will include the Store too. And since Chrome apps rely on Web standards, they should work in every other modern Web browser.
    Lars Rasmuse present Google Wave, the info-sharing/messaging/collaborative-creativity system Google launched at last year's I/O. It is now free and is part of Google Apps, its bundle of productivity applications.

    Part 8 :

    Google director of engineering David Glazer s"HTML"  talk about developing and problems faced in  Web apps for business. Followed by some demos from VMWare CEO Paul Maritz

     The next 4 videos center mainly on web apps. Demos of few apps  by Google software engineers.
     Google introduces  "Google App Engine for Business," a version of its app-hosting site that aims to give companies the support, guarantees and control they want.Glazer end presentation talking about Web standards.

    Part 9 :

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    Part 11 :

    Part 12 :

    News update  on this day 1 conference :

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