Weekly Google Code Roundup: New Gears, GWT out of beta, and YouTube meets GData

AUG 30, 2007
By Dion Almaer, Google Developer Programs

You know the summer is ending when the kids are back at school. We had a raft of exciting announcements this week, starting with the web developer tools of Gears and GWT, and including the latest set of Google data APIs to join the family.

The Gears team announced a new developer release. The release you, the developers, to play with new APIs including some new Gears modules (HttpRequest and Timer), and the ability to support cross-origin work.

Google Web Toolkit 1.4 was released. This release is particularly important as the beta moniker is no more. This is a fantastic release but the team is continuing to make GWT better. At around the same time, theClassConnection went public, which shows you what someone who has never written a web application before can do with GWT.

Stephanie Liu of the Google data APIs team introduced us to the new YouTube GData APIs. Now you can search through YouTube's index and get detailed video, user, and playlist information in the form of GData feeds.

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The Google Zurich office has released an exciting new open source virtual server management tool called Ganeti. Ganeti is built on top of Xen and other open source software, and here at Google, we've used Ganeti in the internal corporate environment to facilitate cluster management of virtual servers in commodity hardware.

Gears In Motion is the latest database tool to sit on top of the Gears Database module. It allows you to visualize your local datastores in a new way.

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Chris Prince of the Gears team took some time to discuss the new developer release.

Philippe Ombredanne of the Eclipse foundation came to talk to Leslie Hawthorn about the structure of the Eclipse Foundation, and how it participates in the Summer of Code program.

We take the keyboard for granted, but Jaewoo Ahn came to Google to talk about MobileQWERTY a simplified keyboard concept suited for the mobile form factor.

As always, check out the latest tech talks, and visit the Google Code YouTube channel.