Feb 28, 2008

Google Sites

Google Sites Launched

After more than a year since the JotSpot acquisition, Google finally launched a service that uses JotSpot's technology: Google Sites. The new service is a part of Google Apps and allows you to create web sites collaboratively. "People can work together on a Site to add file attachments, information from other Google applications (like Google Docs, Google Calendar, YouTube and Picasa), and new free-form content. Creating a site together is as easy as editing a document, and you always control who has access, whether it's just yourself, your team, or your whole organization," explains Google.

Google offers templates, a rich-text editor, 10GB of storage for each Google Apps account and integration with other Google services so you can embed gadgets, calendars, spreadsheets, presentations, photo slideshows and videos. You can invite people to collaborate or just view a site and you can also publish the site so that anyone can view it.

VentureBeat likes the new service. "Creating a new site with Google Sites is very easy. (...) You can start out by creating a front page for your site and from there decide whether to add more standard pages" or use one of the built-in templates: dashboard, blog, file cabinet, list.

Webware notices that Google doesn't offer too many features. "As is typical for Google productivity applications when they first launch, the functionality inside Sites is on the spare side, but the collaboration features are clear, easy to use, and well-chosen. This is a capable workgroup wiki, and even in this early stage its integration with the Docs and Apps suites makes it an excellent collaboration tool."

Here are three examples of Google Sites: a company intranet, a ski club site and a team project.

The video shows how easy is to create a simple site:

The new service is enabled by default for all the new Google Apps accounts, but administrators need to enable it explicitly for the existing accounts.

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Feb 26, 2008

Ajax using Java - Digging Deeper Into GWT

(Under Indic Threads Pune)

The session at the last Java meet gave an overview of Google Technologies and APIs. In continuation with that theme, the session this month delves deep into GWT territory. Rohit Ghatol speaks about "Ajax using Java - Digging Deeper Into GWT".

Session Abstract :

* GWT Architectural Overview

* GWT Benefits

* Basic App - Code & Demo

* Advanced App - Code & Demo (App Controlled by a backend)

* Design principles when working with Ajax UI

o Covering MVC to the fullest extend

o Covering DTOs with the RPC Services of GWT

* Introduction to must use open source libraries with GWT



Rohit GhatolSpeaker
Rohit Ghatol has
been a Software Professional for about 6 years. He currently plays a
role of Project Manager at Synerzip Softech. He has a BE Computer
Engineering Degree from PICT Pune. His main interests lies in keeping
abreast with what's new in the Technology world. He has also been
involved in taking training on Java technologies like Hibernate, Java
Server Faces, Struts, Google Web Toolkit , Grails and many such topics.
Founder "Pune Google Technology User Group"

Date and Time:

Saturday, 1st March 2008

6.00 pm - 7.30 pm: Ajax using Java - Digging Deeper into the Google Web Toolkit (GWT)


Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research (SICSR),

7th floor, Atur Center, Model Colony, Pune

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* Entry is free of cost. Entry on first come first served basis.

Feb 25, 2008

InDepth GWT (Google Web Toolkit) Seminar on 1st of March with Indic Threads

We are thinking about having an in depth Google Web Toolkit Seminar on 1st of March with Indic Threads Pune.(This is still in tentative stage, but I wanted to share this early with all of the members.)

Ajax using Java - Digging Deeper (using GWT)
  • Architectural Overview
  • Undeniable Benefits
  • Actual Coding Demo of basic sample
  • Actual Coding Demo of advanced complex app (Controlled by a backend)
  • Design principles when working with Ajax UI
    • Covering MVC to the fullest extend
    • Inshort Covering DTOs with the RPC Services of GWT
  • Introduction Must use open source libraries with GWT
    • MyGWT
    • GWT-DND
The Seminar is expected to be of 90 minutes, to do justice to the topic. Please feel free to forward this post to any one interested.

I would post the complete details of the seminar when they are communicated to me.

Feb 15, 2008

Orkut calling for open social Apps....

In case you are not aware, open social APIs from Google is a way to create social networking applications not only for Orkut for the set of social network container under open social. Orkut is one of these containers, and of course India's favorite one too :)

The good thing is this API has been released for a while, several tutorials and guidelines have also been published for the same.

Now the time has come when Orkut is calling the developer community to post quality social networking apps (for orkut container).

Open social is a way to reach millions of user and more important communities of interest, so what are we waiting for lets start making open social applications for orkut and submit them, they could very well be listed in application directory of Orkut।

See the original post from Google - Original Blog Post

Orkut is looking for a few good apps...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 1:57:00 AM

In case you missed it, Orkut has started accepting submissions for inclusion into its application directory. The directory will go live for Orkut's user-facing launch, coming up at the end of February. If you've got an OpenSocial application that you would like listed, please fill out this form. (If you've already submitted your application, don't worry, we still have your information)

Orkut wants as many high quality applications available at launch as possible, but malware, adware, and gadgets that don't meet the Orkut terms of service are going to be filtered out through a review process. We want to make sure the user experience is great!

The review process for the directory will occur right up until and through launch. If you submit before Saturday, February 16th, the Orkut team will be able to give you direct feedback on your application, allowing you time to make any needed changes. If you submit on or after the 16th, reviews will be on a first come, first served basis: the team will try to cover as many submissions as possible, but cannot guarantee that your application will be reviewed for the initial list.

After launch, applications will be added to the directory daily so there'll still be plenty of opportunities to get your applications reviewed and listed, even if you don't get in during the first round.

In order to be accepted into the directory, submitted applications must:

  • Function correctly. No 404s or broken links.
  • Be social OR self-expressive.
  • Not reveal personal data, like email (which is not delivered by the API).
  • Follow the Orkut terms of service. No violent or illegal content, nudity, or hate speech.

Developers are encouraged to make their applications look polished. Using standard colors, fonts, and elements, as well as setting metadata such as icon and description will go a long way. If you're looking for more ways to spruce up your application to be more successful, then the OpenSocial best practices article should give you some ideas.

Keep in mind that the linked article lists suggestions, not requirements. The review process is not intended to act as "social application fashion police" - your application will not be judged based on its purpose or intended audience. If you write something polished, there's a good chance it'll get in, so surprise us with your creativity! We're looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Good luck and happy coding!

See the following blog post for more details.

Feb 7, 2008

Talk on Google Technologies (with programming) and Android Platform on 16th Feb under CSI Meet

The main topics to be covered here would be

Web 2.0 with Google Technologies – Rohit Ghatol

  • What all Google Technologies are present?
  • Why this sudden availability of so many online APIs on the web?
  • This would include Demos using Google Technologies.
  • Also includes programming Demos on Google Maps, Google Ajax Search API and advanced usage of Google SpreadSheet.

Mobile Application Development using Java (Android Platform) – Vishwesh Jirgale

  • What was before Android in the mobile platform world?
  • Why Android has arrived?
  • Architecture of Android
  • Some Demos (may be programming) on Android

Kindly make your presence felt for this meet.

Read more about "Google Technology User Group" at http://google-code-updates.blogspot.com/2008/02/google-technology-use...

Date : 16th February

Time: 5 pm

Venue: Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Persistent Systems (Bhageraath building), Senapati Bapat Road, Pune