Upcoming google i/o 2010 gwt sessions

Here are the GWT sessions on the upcoming google i/o 2010 to keep an eye on.

Google usually publishes the sessions on youtube and uploads the slides to the respective session homepage. Ray Ryan is talking on two session, one of it is called “Architecting GWT applications for production at Google” – maybe it is part two of his last talk on gwt architectures best practices.

I surely won’t miss any of those:

Architecting for performance with Google Web Toolkit

Modern web applications are quickly evolving to an architecture that has to account for the performance characteristics of the client, the server, and the global network connecting them. Should you render HTML on the server or build DOM structures with JS in the browser, or both? This session discusses this, as well as several other key architectural considerations to keep in mind when building your Next Big Thing.

GWT + HTML5 can do what?!

How can you take advantage of new HTML5 features in your GWT applications? In this session, we answer that question in the form of demos — lots and lots of demos. We’ll cover examples of how to use Canvas for advanced graphics, CSS3 features, Web Workers, and more within your GWT applications.

GWT’s UI overhaul: UiBinder, ClientBundle, and Layout Panels

There have been some really huge improvements in GWT’s UI fundamentals over the past year. We’ve introduced features such as UiBinder, ClientBundle, CssResource, and uber layout panels that allow you to build fast UIs in a sane manner. Come see how fun/easy/fast it can be to use these technologies in harmony to overhaul your UI.

GWT continuous build and testing best practices

GWT has a lot of little-publicized infrastructure that can help you build apps The Right Way: test-driven development, fast continuous builds, code coverage, comprehensive unit tests, and integration testing using Selenium or WebDriver. This session will survey GWT’s testing infrastructure, describe some best practices we’ve developed at Google, and help you avoid common pitfalls.

Architecting GWT applications for production at Google

For large GWT applications, there’s a lot you should think about early in the design of your project. GWT has a variety of technologies to help you, but putting it all together can be daunting. This session walks you through how teams at Google architect production-grade apps, from design to deployment, using GWT.

Measure in milliseconds redux: Meet Speed Tracer

It turns out that web apps can be slow for all sorts of opaque and unintuitive reasons. Don’t be fooled into thinking that bloated, slow JavaScript is the only culprit. This session introduces you to Speed Tracer, a new GWT tool that can tell you exactly where time is going within the browser.

Faster apps faster: Optimizing apps with the GWT Compiler

The GWT compiler isn’t just a Java to JavaScript transliterator. It performs many optimizations along the way. In this session, we’ll show you not only the optimizations performed, but how you can get more out of the compiler itself. Learn how to speed up compiles, use -draftCompile, compile for only one locale/browser permutation, and more.

GWT Linkers target HTML5 Web Workers, Chrome Extensions, and more

At its core GWT has a well-defined and customizable mechanism — called Linkers — that controls exactly how GWT’s compiled JavaScript should be packaged, served, and run. This session will describe how to create linkers and explains some of the linkers we’ve created, including a linker that turns a GWT module into an HTML5 Web Worker and one that generates an HTML App Cache manifest automatically.

Atlassian dropping IE 6 support

I found this one here in the atlassian forums, unfortunately the link posted there is broken.

Hi guys,

We are announcing our end of life of Atlassian support for Internet Explorer 6 on JIRA.

This will be effective from the launch date of JIRA 4.2 (target Q3, 2010). This means that JIRA 4.1 will be the last version of JIRA to support IE6. (From JIRA 4.0 to JIRA 4.1, all of the main functionality will work in IE 6; however, some of the visual effects will be missing).

The End of Support Announcements for JIRA specifies end of support for browsers, appserver and JDK. We should add Atlassian products to the IE death march.

IE 6 death march

This year is a great year for web development. We will witness the “end of life” of IE 6. And as far as I got it right from here, IE 7 is being trashed on the same day:

13-Jul-2010
Internet Explorer 7 on Windows XP Professional Service
Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP Professional

And sincerely: this is good. I just hope companies start upgrading soon, why should we wait until July? I just hope that Google, Amazon, Ebay and others take the chance to honor this date. What about turning off IE 6 support completely for a week or two? This surely would help companies to speed up transition…

But IE 6 was not all pain…  did you see this one here? So sad and funny at the same time… There is even a website dedicated to the IE death march!

So before you update to IE 8 I just wanted to point out that…

  • Internet Explorer is a piece of software more generally called “web browser
  • It might come as a surprise, but the Internet Explorer is not the only browser available for Windows users…
  • Sadly, Internet Explorer browser updates are the only ones the inexplicably involve updating half of the underlying OS ;-)
  • Internet Explorer has been the least compliant browser for several years
  • Internet Explorer has been the slowest browser for several users/ years

So, before updating, have a look at Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera. They are all far better (faster, more secure, more compliant) in browsing the web than Internet Explorer.

And you don’t have to fear your OS is vulnerable or broken after installing a update.

And, just in case you missed that one: HTML5 is the next big step in the web development. Google and Apple are the key players this time. Not Microsoft. Microsoft announced that they will setup a set of tests to evaluate HTML5. And they announced that IE 9 will be able to draw round corners (this is innovation from Microsofts point of view, really).

With HTML5 we will leverage the web to next level, the new features are awesome. Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera already support the vast majority of the HTML5 features:

Google Bets Big on HTML 5: News from Google I/O