Summary: Recommended videos and presentations from the Google I/O 2008 developer conference in San Francisco.
Videos from the Google I/O 2008 sessions (and events) are finally available. If you are interested in subjects such as Google (in general), Ajax, Google APIs, Gears, OpenID, OAuth, and other developer-centric topics, here are some videos, which I would recommend (this list includes sessions which I attended, as well as sessions which I'm planning to watch, so I don't guarantee all of them to be interesting; I'll mark the ones that I haven't seen, yet, as such):
- Client, Connectivity, and the Cloud
by Vic Gundotra, VP of Engineering (1 hr 30 min)
Vic is responsible for developer evangelism and open source programs at Google. He also oversees applications development. Previously, Vic spent 15 years at Microsoft, where he worked on a variety of products and operating systems, including Windows 3.0, NT, Windows XP, and Vista. This keynote offers a brief overview of technologies discussed at the conference and features several speakers including Allen Hurff (MySpace), Steve Horowitz, Kevin Gibbs, Mark Lucovsky, Bruce Johnson, David Glazer, and Nat Brown (iLike).
- Imagination, Immediacy, and Innovation... and a little glimpse under the hood at Google
by Marissa Mayer, VP of Search and User Experience (1 hr)
Marissa leads Google's product management efforts on search products – web search, images, news, books, products, maps, Google Earth, the Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, Google Health, Google Labs, and more. This talk is a glimpse from inside the trenches of how Google builds products (including practical insights on how to build the best products), how to prioritize your efforts especially under resource constraints, and how to think about strategy.
- Spice up Your Web Apps with AJAX APIs
by Mark Lucovsky (Google) (57 min)
Mark is an engineering director at Google and Google API lead. He previously worked for Microsoft, where he was part of the team that designed and built the Windows NT operating system. In this presentation, Mark shows how to use Google AJAX APIs to perform such tasks as downloading Atom and RSS feeds, search and display videos, images, news, maps, local business data, and do other things.
- Can We Get There From Here?
by Alex Russell (SitePen) (1 hr 2 min)
- State of Ajax: The Universe is Expanding
by Dion Almaer (Google) and Ben Galbraith (Ajaxian.com) (56 min)
- HTML5, Brought to You by Gears*
by Aaron Boodman (Google) (36 min)
- Even Faster Web Sites
by Steve Souders (Google) (59 min)
Steve is the author of High Performance Web Sites. At Google, he works on web performance and open source initiatives. In this talk, Steve discusses the best practices he's discovered, including the impact of iframes and where to place (and where not to place) inline script blocks.
- Improving Browsers in New Ways: Gears++
by Chris Prince (Google) (49 min)
Chris, who is a tech lead of the Google Gears development team, explains what the Gears technology is good for.
- OpenSocial, OpenID, and OAuth: Oh, My!
by Joseph Smarr (Plaxo) (1 hr)
Joseph is a Chief Platform Architect at Plaxo, where he specializes in building intelligent applications, automated text processing, advanced interactive web apps, user interface design. Here Joseph explains how developers can take advantage of OpenID, OAuth, microformats, OpenSocial, the Social Graph API, friends-list portability, and other emerging standards and tools.
Videos from all Google I/O 2008 sessions
Description of all Google I/O 2008 sessions
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