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David Notik
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Founder at Woven. Drupal expert. Online communities, collaboration and the future of work.
Founder at Woven. Drupal expert. Online communities, collaboration and the future of work.

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In praise of Google's boring Google I/O.

(Read my column: http://goo.gl/gsXk4e )
 
Nobody jumped out of blimps this year, but who cares when Google's products, services and platforms are getting this polished?

As a veteran of four Google I/O conferences, it's clear that this year's event was the least exciting for users and attendees, but it was definitely the most exciting for serious developers.

Unlike at past I/Os, nobody jumped out of blimps to deliver Google Glass to Sergey Brin. Rock star CEO Larry Page didn't give a hushed and momentous surprise speech. Google didn't give away a ridiculously expensive assortment of unreleased gadgets to attendees. The vast majority of announcements this year were either announced or leaked earlier, reducing the surprise factor. Even the food was poor cafeteria fare.

Some attendees were stunned by the conspicuous absence of such Google products as Google Glass, Chromebooks, Google+, Nexus smartphones, Project Ara and Project Fi.

But those are the complaints of shallow and entitled crybabies. Serious developers were thrilled by what they saw and heard at Google I/O.

Here's why: 

http://www.eweek.com/cloud/in-praise-of-googles-boring-2015-developer-conference.html

#googleio2015  
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It's working well. One issue: the symlink to Chromium means that Chromium isn't easily accessed via Spotlight (I was used to a simple Command+Space to get to it). (Homebrew places Chromium in /usr/local/Cellar/dartium/1.6.0/Chromium.app, and then it invites you to run a brew linkapps to create that symlink.) It seems Spotlight (even from the Finder) doesn't include symlinks. +Seth Ladd 

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Check out my #dartlang  stack, where I got bi-directional data binding going w/ recent versions of Angular and Polymer. https://twitter.com/DaveNotik/status/486351639230443520

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+Woven is proud to be on the list, as the first pure Dart app in production, currently with over 40,000 lines of code.
It's been a pleasure working with these companies as they build production apps with Dart and expand the ecosystem for Dart developers.

Tell us about your production Dart app with a Pull Request: https://github.com/dart-lang/dartlang.org/blob/master/src/site/community/who-uses-dart.markdown

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Testing on multiple devices and form factors is critical to the success of any mobile web experience

+Addy Osmani guides you through the tools that you can use to be more productive.

What tools do you use to test for mobile?

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The chromium team is currently actively working on a Chrome App based Development Environment codenamed Spark at https://github.com/dart-lang/spark.

This IDE project is full of goodness:
- It is built with Dart¹, the "new language for scalable web app engineering"
- It contains a GUI widgets library powered by Polymer²
- It's public on GitHub and therefore interesting for anyone who wants to know how Dart and Polymer can be used to build the next generation of Chrome Apps.

Yet, this is still the very beginning. There's not much we can do for now.
I'll definitely keep an eye on this one though.

¹ https://www.dartlang.org/
² http://www.polymer-project.org/
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