Thursday, January 3, 2008

[Gd] Google Developer Courses on YouTube

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Google Code Blog: Google Developer Courses on YouTube

Wow, it's been nearly 4 months since we started the Google Developers channel on YouTube! We wanted a place to post talks, announcements, interviews, and anything else that might interest outside developers (and other fans). Now, we're building out more tutorial / lecture content -- something that hobbyists and seasoned programmers can watch to get their feet wet with our products.

We know that one of your New Year's resolutions must be to learn a new API, so check out our first videos on Gadgets and Google Data:

Three videos about Getting Started with Gadgets by "the Dans" (Daniel Lee and Daniel Holevoet):

An Introduction to Google Data by Jeff Fisher:

We're just getting started, so subscribe to the Google Developer Courses playlist for updates. There are many ways for you to keep up to date:

You can subscribe through YouTube by clicking the "Subscribe" link here:

Or, add the playlist directly into Google Reader or iGoogle:
Add to Google

Finally, you can also put the Google Data feed into your reader of choice:

Let us know what you think! If there are any particular tutorials you'd like to see, post a comment below.


[Gd] How GGoogleBarOptions Got Me a Job!

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Official Google Maps API Blog: How GGoogleBarOptions Got Me a Job!

I'm Vanessa Bernstein, a substitute schoolteacher living in Orlando, Florida. To find jobs, I use the painfully primitive online system of a subcontractor of the Orange County Public Schools. My problem: I can only search all available substitute teaching jobs in Orange County and I was unable to narrow searches to nearby schools. Several job results show up at once, containing information like school and grade level but no map or address.

There are several hundred schools in Orange County and I needed to narrow searches to schools within 20 miles of my home because it's not worth it if I have to drive forty minutes to make $30 teaching for a half day pre-K. By the time I figured out the distances from my home to the jobs with Google Maps searches, the good jobs would be taken by one of the other substitute teachers searching this system.

I discussed the problem with my friend, he emailed it to his dad at Google, and a few days later I was emailed the URL to the app embedded below. All I have to say is WOW! This is exactly what I needed!

Now, I can just keep this application open and copy and paste the first two words of the school (and leave the words "school" and "Orlando, FL" all the time). I just accepted a job for next week. It took me only a few seconds. Thank you, Google!

Note from Google: This app uses the callbacks in GGoogleBarOptions, the new feature announced a few weeks ago, to call GDirections queries on every returned local search result.

Link to example of GGoogleBarOptions


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

[Gd] Thanks to you

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Google Code Blog: Thanks to you

Many thanks to all of our users and developers for helping to make Google Gears one of PC World's 25 Most Innovative Products of the Year! And congrats to everyone else who made the list. It's been quite an exciting ride for Gears since its launch at Developer Day in May, and we've had tons of fun seeing what has already been created. Thanks for making 2007 such a great year, and we look forward to seeing all the cool stuff the community comes up with next.

To learn more, check out the documentation and the Gears Blog. And, of course, let us know what you think.