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Google+ API Announced and Made Public

Thursday, September 15th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Got an email from the Google+ team a few hours ago, saying:

Greetings developers,

Thank you for showing your interest in the Google+ platform on our developer interest form. We promised to let you know when we had more details to share. Well, that time has come…

Today, we’re launching the first of the Google+ APIs. This initial API release is focused on public data only — it lets you read information that people have shared publicly on Google+. Read our blog post for more details.

Also, we’re happy to introduce a new Google+ developers site. This will be the place to go for our policies, terms, discussions with other developers, access to documentation, tools that make development on the Google+ platform easier and more fun, and of course, the place where announcements concerning new releases will be made.

We’re looking forward to seeing what you build with the API. Today is just the beginning, and your work will affect what comes next, so go ahead and get started.

Happy coding!

- The Google+ platform team

I guess this means it’s open season for developing for Google+.

You can find the Google+ API here.

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Javascript, Dash, Google and our future as Web Developers

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Dart, is an alternative language to Javascript being developed by Google.

Web developers live in an ever changing world of languages, browsers, development kits, and platforms.  The recent introduction, and popularity, of “App” development has introduced a serious competitor to the open web.  Our world as web developers is about to change.

Presumably in October (at GOTO) Google will be unveiling their new Dart language.

What about my beloved Javascript?

Google has stated that they will not be abandoning Javascript, but pursuing Dart as a “high reward / high risk” way of fixing the web.  While working on Dart, Google will continue their efforts at improving the Javascript platform (through small / marginal improvements).

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Page Speed Service Comparison, I beat Google

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 | Business | 2 Comments

As I just mentioned in my previous post (Google Page Speed Service: Your site, served by Google) I ran a comparison of my site as is, versus through the PSS.

I’m assuming the test servers are overloaded, and that this test wasn’t the most accurate test … but I’m proud that my current setup BEAT GOOGLE.

Here’s my Page Speed Service Comparison results:

Google Page Speed Service Comparison - seangw.com

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Google Page Speed Service: Your site, served by Google

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Google and I both appreciate site speed.  It’s important to your end users, to your hosting, and to your sanity.

Google Page Speed ServiceThere’s a euphoric feeling a web developer gets when his site loads in under 500ms (or even lower).

Google has announced, and launched, the Google Page Speed Service.

It’s new, and by invite only (it seems only to Google Apps customers).  If you don’t have the service you can:

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Roger McNamee: Speech on future of the web, and high tech

Monday, July 25th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

I’m usually not a fan of the opinions of investors, but I think Roger McNamee, of Elevation Partners, hits on quite  few good points.  Business Insider has some good bullets from the video, but watch the video:

Some ideas I agree with/find intersting in the video include:

  • Shift in search technology requirements
  • The greater focus on HTML5
  • Why indexed search is becoming less important
  • Social Media startups are useless, they should be just assumed functionality by now
  • Microsoft has lost it’s control over internet connected devices
I think this is a must see for anyone involved in the web.

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Google+: The +1 button, Introduction and How To

Monday, July 11th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Google+ is important for all marketers and web developers to understand.

Growth in Google+ has been growing faster than anyone had intended (even Google is surprised, and ran out of disk space).

Why is Google+ Important

Like all major internet communities in the past 15 years, they all come to an end.  AOL was the king for years (remember when your AOL IM screen name was just as important as your current Facebook profile?).  After that died off, and AOL became “lame”, we all moved to MySpace.  I remember looking down upon people who still had “@aol.com” email addresses.  As a web developer I was hearing for years that clients wanted to developer their own version of MySpace.

Now, we’re ashamed of MySpace, and many of us have removed our pages (I don’t know if mine is still up, I haven’t logged in in years).  Why didn’t we like MySpace?  It wasn’t clean, it wasn’t professional, and alienated many of our family members (could you imagine putting our grandparents on MySpace?).

Facebook has been all the rage recently.  It appeals to a broader demographic.  You can get your parents on Facebook, along with your grandparents, and some people even have their pets on Facebook.  Fortunately our dog still doesn’t have her own Facebook page.  I’m fighting against it.

We have to plan for the next steps.  Historically companies have peaked, and then gone down hill.  If you are the founder of a company, when do you want to cash out?  At the peak.  Facebook is positioning for an IPO (and many feel it will kill the company).  Zuckerberg is cashing out.

Enter Google+.

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Google +1 Button Launches

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Google has officially launched the plus one button (+1), and it’s available for web developers to put on their sites.

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Chrome 12 Released: 3D CSS, Security and Privacy

Thursday, June 9th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

A few days ago Google released Chrome 12.  If you use Chrome, odds are you have it by now.

If you don’t have chrome, download it, it’s the best browser out there.

To take a peek at some of the new functionality in place, check out Shaun the Sheep.

In the new browser we have:

  • Safe Browsing enhancements (protecting you from malware and phishing sites, supposedly this is done without Google knowing the URLs you visit)
  • Ability to delete Flash LSO (Local Shared Objects) — essentially Flash cookies which, until now, have only been managed from Adobe’s online settings application
  • Hardware Accelerated 3D CSS (technically it was available before, but disabled by default)

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Google Translate API: Shutting Down, is there an alternative?

Friday, June 3rd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Being sick for a few days, I was late in hearing the news.

Google is shutting down the Google Translate API.  Right now it’s just deprecated, with a full shutdown not occurring until the end of the year, but still … it’s happening.

They say it’s because of abuse.  Abuse?  On the internet?  I don’t believe it.

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Google Drops Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, Safari 3 Support

Friday, June 3rd, 2011 | Business | No Comments

Happy to hear, Google has announced that as of August 1 (2011), they will no longer support:

  • Firefox 3.5
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Safari 3

This means that new functionality (which will probably roll out sometime this summer) may not work perfectly in those browsers.  It’s a nice move as those browsers are getting old, and the web has to set expectations as to which browsers should be supported.

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