The last session of the Google Developer Day 2011 Berlin just ended. As a brief summary these are the key impressions I took from today:

Judging from the keynote, Android and Google+ are the two focus products most strongly promoted by Google at the moment. Of course, the web (with Chrome Browser and HTML5) ist still an important topic, too. The now released in earnest Google AppEngine got its fair share of promotion, too.

Google, the geeky technology company, has finally discovered the importance of good User Experience (remember stuff like the UI of AdWords?). Many of the speakers kept reiterating how crucial UX is. A nice insight by +Mike West: The time of the functionality behemoths (like MS Word) seems to be finally coming to an end with the shift to smaller applications (aka “Apps”) on mobile devices and in the web that focus on solving a small problem space really well. Providing in some cases gorgeous UIs, that are a selling point of their own. - And that users might come to expect after decades of suffering. :-)

Dart is to be watched. If this project takes flight, it will almost certainly replace GWT (see below). And things like CoffeeScript might quickly lose traction, with a neat language that effectively compiles to Javascript and has native implementations on popular browsers.

In the long run, GWT is dead: No single mention in the sessions I visited, apart from (anxious) questions by visitors of the Dart session. Google’s Dart advocate asked about Dart’s relation to GWT underlining that many former GWT developers are now working on Dart is telling, I guess.

Google (like other companies) is working hard on enabling small companies or even individuals to launch and monetize new cloud services and applications with a minimum effort (and risk). And earning their share in doing so (Google App Engine, BigQuery, Chrome Web Store, In App purchases, Google AdSense for games, etc.). In part, this is somewhat backporting the experience of the mobile app economy into the web space.

Whether it’s app or web, nowadays it has become extremely difficult to bypass Google (in contrast thinking back just 3 years, when there was no Chrome and no Android to mention).
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