Thursday, March 27, 2008

GNUstep Summer of Code 2008

For those who don't know yet... GNUstep is one of the organisation that Google has accepted for the Summer of Code program --- which means that if you are a student looking for something to do this summer, want to hack Objective-C code, help a cool free software project, learn a lot... and even be paid, well, you should apply ! sure beat your average summer job :)


Deadline for applications is next monday (31/03/2008), so hurry up !

update: the deadline has been pushed by a week, so if you thought you missed it, you still have a few days left to apply.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Mobile Gears T-Shirt

T-shirts are nearly an internal currency at work... so we of course had a mobile gears T-Shirt made ! Here is it:

Nice isn't it ?


This is just too funny. Hail the Flying Spaghetti Monster !

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Google Gears Mobile

One of the few annoying things when you work at Google is that you can't really talk with your outside friends about what you are doing... so it's rather nice when you finally release the project you worked on for the last few months and be able to point to it :)

So anyway... we released Google Gears for Mobile tuesday morning ! Here is the post from Charles Wiles announcing it, another one describing mobile gears, and one on the Desktop Gears blog. Plus you get fancy videos from Charles, Andrei and Dave talking about it.

A few words about Gears: it's an opensource project, adding a cool set of javascript APIs to internet browsers. Those APIs let your website use a database locally, cache pages, and execute javascript code in threads, basically blurring the line between webapps and native apps.

Biggest use so far is enabling sites to be used while not being connected to internet. Of course, disconnected mode and local storage make even more sense on a mobile device than for a laptop... add to that the fact that writing native applications for mobile devices is a pain, and gears-enabled "webapps" are suddenly very attracting, even if on winmo you have to go through some gymnastic around PocketIE "limitations". Oh, and this work for the moment on Windows Mobile 5 and 6, touchscreen and smartphone, and implements all the 0.2 APIs of the desktop gears.

And more is coming...