I have joined the group GTUG . I have only have missed one meeting so far from three. The meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month and in the impressive Google Offices in Barrow Street. What do I hope to gain from joining the group:
- Get to meet some developers from Google and other companies that are working on different Google API’s and to listen to them share their experiences.
- See what is new, up and coming in Google, Android etc.
- See the famous offices and get some Pizza….
Thoughts so far:
It is extremely interesting to listen to the Google developers and the to hear the rational and way of thinking behind some of the API’s that they work with and write. This week Google App Engine was being discussed and it fairly fights its corner as a one stop shop for hosting and developing your application on. The most impressive things about App Engine were it’s performance and cost for a heavy usage application, read the humble indie blog post.
The guys from hittheroad demoed their application with is a really nice way to find your way around dublin, I will be downloading the Android version when it comes out, I have a feeling that Google Maps themselves will want to roll this into an update in the future, perhaps they will be bought out.
It was good to see a student in their final year coming up with a good application for testing your Android application in the cloud.