Having the July 4th holiday smack in the middle of the week creates a strange week when it is hard to know which day it is. That being said, we have seen some interesting uses of our APIs, and we are happy to welcome a new team to Google.
In API and developer-product news...
Aleksander Fedorynski felt like "a penguin assigned to work on Herring Search" when he started building improvements to Google Code Search.
Alex Komoroske asked if you want spreadsheet filtering? and answers with a feature-rich auto filter that makes great use of the Spreadsheet Data API. Do a view source and see how it all works!
Mark Berghausen of the Search Quality Team has written a few words about the search considerations designers should think about when building a Flash-heavy site in: Best uses of Flash.
July 4th has gone, but the mashup is still here. Paul McDonald made it easy to find fireworks in your area, using the Google Mashup Editor. Speaking of which, Don Schwartz talks about how you can edit our mashup in whatever editor you choose.
If you call 1-800-GOOG-411 you can now say "map it" and a map will be sent to you.
GrandCentral is now part of the team: "GrandCentral is an innovative service that lets users integrate all of their existing phone numbers and voice mailboxes into one account, which can be accessed from the web. We think GrandCentral's technology fits well into Google's efforts to provide services that enhance the collaborative exchange of information between our users."
The Rocket GWT library provides the ability to define beans, properties, references and other Spring like concepts in GWT.
The Digg Roundup Gadget is a gadget based on the Digg Roundup tool, accompanied by a detailed "how-to" write up.
Google Tech Talks
The Seattle Conference on Scalability recently took place and a lot of great talks from the event have been made available:
- Scaling Google for Every User by Marissa Mayer
- Abstractions for Handling Large Datasets by Jeff Dean
- MapReduce Used on Large Data Sets by Barry Brumitt
- Building a Scalable Resource Management by Khalid Ahmed
- SCTPs Reliability and Fault Tolerance by Brad Penoff, Mike Tsai, and Alan Wagner
- Lessons In Building Scalable Systems by Reza Behforooz
- YouTube Scalability by Cuong Do Cuong