Watching the first day keynote and blogging the announcements. There’s more on the web of course from better and more experienced journalists, so this is my personal record.
- HTML5 reaching critical mass? On Mozilla, Safari and Chrome yes, but not on IE yet.
- Open Video. New codec (VP8) announced with open container WebM. Open video included in YouTube for HTML5 browsers. The <video> tag will become a next big thing.
- An app store for web applications chrome web store was announced.
- Sports Illustrated will be one of the apps (!) – a preview of the end of magazines?
- Wave is now open to everyone … still not sure what it is yet though. Is it the collaboration tool that I’ve been waiting for?
- Google Wave will be part of Google Apps.
- Novell and SAP will have Wave compatible services built in to their new enterprise collaboration tools.
Web Apps at Work
The announcements and demos made at the end of the opening keynote will mean little to my reader, but it’s great for the old Java enterprise programming teacher that still lurks within my soul to get an outing occasionally.
So here are the geek announcements:
- Google has partnered with VMware to create a cloud computing platform based on the Spring framework (for the back end) and the Google Web Toolkit (for the front end).
- Geek heaven: GWT + Spring Roo (created by Google and VMware/Spring engineers collaborating over Google Wave) to make scaffolding a data driven web app ruby-on-rails(ish) easy.
- End-to-end latency tracing from the browser to the server … even when deployed on Google App Engine.
- New data widgets for GWT.
- GWT widget libraries are mobile ready: means that if your cloud-deployed application works on your laptop. It’ll work on your iPad and smart phone (tip: don’t rely on WiFi when demonstrating mobile Apps at a tech. conference).
- Open deployment (provided it’s a Java container).
- App Engine for Business with domain console, pro support, formal SLA, SSL and SQL databases [note: Google App Engine has up until now used a Google-specific data storage system called Big Table rather than the industry standard SQL] and new pricing scheme.
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