April 27th, 2008 | Published in Google OpenSocial
Now that I’m back from OpenSocial’s London Hackathon (write-up, pics), and meeting fellow Shindig folks at ApacheCon EU, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some important happenings in the community:
- Just a few days ago, MySpace’s apps gallery went out of beta, which means more apps in front of more users.
- At Web 2.0 Expo, Lou Moore from hi5 gave an interesting presentation about Implementing an OpenSocial Container.
- Earlier this week, iGoogle launched a developer sandbox, which supports OpenSocial, a new UI, and a “canvas” page.
- Little more than a week ago, orkut.com launched OpenSocial in India, which gets OpenSocial out to 10% of their users.
- Looking forward, the technical details for OpenSocial version 0.8 are coming together on the specification discussion group.
In addition to launch updates, we’ve had some interesting additions to the technical resources available for app developers:
- If you’re taking advantage of the OpenSocial Persistence layer, you should check out this new requesting data article by Jason Cooper.
- If you’re building an app that uses a remote datastore, you should check out Arne Rooman-Kurrik’s article about using gadgets.io.makeRequest.
- For those of you previewing Google App Engine, you should check out Lane LiaBraaten’s article that shows you how to power an OpenSocial app with Google App Engine.
If you’re looking to learn more about OpenSocial, for those of you in South America, there are a lot of events coming up in the next 2 weeks in Argentina and Brazil. Also, everyone should definitely check out what is happening on the “Social” track of Google I/O, coming up on May 28 and 29 in San Francisco.
Update: fixed a typo in Lane's name.