Google cements commitment to developers with I/O event

Google cements commitment to developers with I/O event

Google's I/O conference this week is the company's most important to date for external developers.


The two-day conference kicks off on Wednesday and will feature more than 100 sessions about the company's developer programs and tools.

On the agenda are sessions about the Android mobile platform, the OpenSocial APIs for social applications, the Gears technology for offline application access and the App Engine hosting service.

In addition, Google will announce that on Wednesday it will open the doors of App Engine to all developers, after an initial period of limited access.

This bit of news is likely to be of interest to's Moline, who is particularly interested in App Engine. "It's an impressive way to build massively scalable Web applications. Its early information is promising, but I'm eager to know what their long term goals of the project are," said Moline, who plans to attend the event.

Google will announce that later this year, it will give developers the option to purchase App Engine computing resources beyond the free quota of 500M bytes of storage and bandwidth for about 5 million page views per month.

Google will also provide two new APIs for App Engine in the coming weeks: an "image-manipulation API to scale, rotate, and crop images on the server"; and the "memcache API," a caching layer to improve page rendering, according to the company.

Eren Brumley, a software developer at audio and Web conferencing provider InterCall, also plans to be there, as her job involves exploring new technologies, including those from Google. So far, her answers about Google's developer efforts have mostly come from people outside of Google. She's looking forward to getting first-hand information from Google this week.

"The fact that the conference is presented by the Google team directly was the driving factor of my attendance," she said in an e-mail interview.

She's also interested to see what other developers are doing, gain greater insight on the applications she's using "and not miss any of the 'tricks' that would make them better," she said. Brumley will also check out OpenSocial and Android sessions.

The event will be focused on three key areas: making computing power more accessible to developers via services like App engine; boosting the power of the browser via technologies like Gears; and improving the link between the Web and rich applications through initiatives like Android.

Google will also reiterate its commitment to investing engineering resources in standards and technologies to boost the Web as a platform, Gundotra said.

In addition, Google will announce Web Toolkit 1.5 Release Candidate, for developing and debugging Web applications built in Java and deploying them in "highly optimized" JavaScript. It will be available later this week with Java 5 language support.

For his part, Hintze is counting on Google to fulfill its commitment to the developer community, and he believes Google will do so.

"I believe Google is totally committed. They haven't shown anything that sends any mixed signals," he said.

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