IO2008: Rough notes from Selected Sessions at Google IO Day 2

Google IO notes continued from earlier in the day: and yesterday:

Google Web Toolkit and Client-Server Communications

· Speaker: Miquel Mendez

· GWT client/server communication options:

o Frames

o Form Panel

o XHR: RequestBuilder (be careful don’t to start too many—many browsers have limits)


· XML Encoding/Decoding: defines XML related classes

· JSON Encoding/Decoding: defines JSON related classes

· GWT RPC: Generator that generates code and makes use of RequestBuilder

Reusing Google APIs with Google Web Toolkit

· Speaker: Miquel Mendez

· GALGWT: Google API Library for GWT. It’s an open source project lead by Miquel (Javascript bindings to GWT).

o It’s a collection of easy to use GWT bindings for existing Google JavaScript APIs

o It’s a Google code open source project

· Reminder: GWT is a java to Javascript compiler.

· GWT now has a gadget class. Google Gadget creation using GWT by extending the Gadget class and implementing the NeedsXXX intrerfaces.

· Gears support:

o Exposes database, LocalServer, and WorkerPool JS modules

o Provides an offline module that automates the process fo going offline (creates the necessary manifests automatically)

· Google Maps support as well

Engaging User Experiences with Google App Engine

· Speakers: John Skidgel (designer) & & Lindsay Simon (developer).

· Showed a guest book application written using Djanjo Form. It’s been modified to run under App Engine (didn’t say how).

· App engine development environment makes it easy to work with a designer as it’s easy to install and runs well on a Mac.

· Walked through what they called 3D (Design, Develop, & Deploy) and how they handle it.

· Authentication options:

· Do your own

· Use GAE (any authenticated user or you can narrow the population to your domain only – all supported out of the box).

· Don’t make auth a gating factor or you will lose users – auth at the last possible moment

· Use the App Engine Datastore for sessions

· Decreasing Latency:

· Create build rules to concatenate and minify (Yahoo! Minifier) CSS and JS

· File fingerprinting

· Set expires headers for a very long time but add a version ID. He showed how to handle the version number on the server side. The recommendation was 10 year expiration with version numbers.

· Recommends “Progressive Enhancement” or “Defensive Enhancement”. You should still be able to render without JS. JS should give a better experience but you may not have JS (crappy mobile browsers for example). Another test, shut off CSS and it should still work.

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