Here is the list of the sessions I attended while at Google Developer Day 2007. I had a difficult time picking between sessions as I wanted to attend far more than I could in a single day. The videos leave me wondering if Google will make available the slide desks and/or provide higher resolution streams so you have some chance of actually reading the material. The stars are mine where 4 stars is the highest.
Opening Keynote Pretty good as these go with a brief $g(Sergey Brinn) standup routine.
- Intro to Google Data APIs: Mashing up Google Calendar, Spreadsheets and More
Too basic and I need to check out the advanced session.
- Special Session: Building Better AJAX Applications: Nuts & Bolts… and Gears
I thought the first half with $g(Dojo) presenter was very good, second half by Google employee examined far too much code for a large screen conference audience and it jumped all over.
- The Google AJAX APIs
I really like this set of API’s particularly the feed API and enjoyed this presenter.
- Fast, Beautiful, Easy: Pick Three – Building User Interfaces with Google Web Toolkit
Good coverage of a bunch of GWT stuff.
- Google Desktop Gadgets – Access, Share and Personalize Information
Too basic for my tastes and I wish a more complex example(s) were covered. Also a little too much selling on gadgets.
There are additional sessions I’ll be tuning into over the coming days though I’d like to see a session on some of Google’s statistical analysis of how people surf. Several presenters mentioned various statistical tidbits and I’d enjoy hearing more specifically about that research.