Google Developer Day Sydney: Open Source, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit

Posted in Companies, Conferences, Development, Web Technologies on July 20, 2007

Open Source, Google APIs, Google Web Toolkit
Presented by Lars Rasmussen

Why Google supports and uses open source, why it is good for us, and why you should use it too. Followed by an overview of Google's extensive collection of APIs for use by third party developers including the Google Maps API, the Google AJAX Search API, the Google Gadgets API and much more. This session will then explore the Google Web Toolkit (GWT), a Java-centric framework for creating AJAX applications. GWT cross-compiles Java source into JavaScript, allowing Java developers to use their existing Java skills and tools to easily create AJAX applications with virtually no learning curve. Lars will contrast using the toolkit with his experience 'hand-rolling' the AJAX of Google Maps, and if time allows, demonstrate building a simple application with GWT.

Lars Eilstrup Rasmussen is a member of Google's technical staff and a lead engineer of the team that created Google Maps. He currently works out of Google's young but growing Sydney engineering office and is actively working to expand Google's engineering presence in Australia. Lars holds a Ph.D. in theoretical computer science from the University of California at Berkeley, which nominated his thesis on approximate counting for the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award. In early 2003, Lars co-founded with his brother Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen a mapping-related startup, Where 2 Technologies, which was acquired by Google in October of 2004.

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