The Google Gadget Ventures announcement was very exciting for us and the community. We couldn't wait to get Adam Sah of the Google Gadgets team to discuss Gadgets, and the new announcement.

Interview with Adam Sah on Google Gadget Ventures


What will you learn from this interview?
  • What Google Gadgets actually are and how they compare to widgets and blidgets and blodgets and ....
  • How there is a family of Gadgets. They aren't just for iGoogle!
  • How you can develop Gadgets in HTML, Flash, Java applets, and more. After all, this is just iframes people.
  • The security model with Gadgets
  • The subtlety behind phishing and Gadgets
  • The long tail of Gadgets, and how to share and promote your Gadgets
  • How you can post Gadgets on your blog or website
  • How we are in the second generation of Gadgets (not just a minimal view on your web app)
  • What an appropriate amount of resources to put on Gadgets
  • How to monetize your Gadgets
  • Information about the Google Gadget Ventures program
  • How to get going with the scratchpad in seconds
  • How Mapplets are Gadget too
  • How this is about real business (IBM and Salesforce.com)
  • How to deal with high volume Gadgets, and how we are here to help.
  • The role and timing of standardization of the gadget platforms
Read more about Google Gadgets, and check out the forum.

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News

The following are links that we mentioned in the podcast:

AppleScripting Google Desktop means that you can tell the Google Desktop application to do things for you via script. Boss around the system from your own applications and scripts.

The new Google Earth Outreach program has some tutorials such as showing you how to create KML from a spreadsheet.

The Google Mashup Gallery is a mashup itself, that allows you to add your mashup to the mix. Now, everyone will be able to find your Britney vs. Christina mashup!

Geotagged Picasa JSON/KML Output + Driving Directions = Instant Scenic Tours: If you were following the Google blogs yesterday, you would have heard that Picasa now gives you a sleek drag+drop interface for geotagging your photos, and that the Picasa Google data API now outputs the geotagged data using GeoRSS & GML elements. And if you were excited by all that news and immediately visited Picasa to try out the new feature, you might have noticed the big blue KML icon next to a "View in Google Earth" hyperlink. So Picasa now gives developers geotagged photo data both in KML output and the standard Google data API output formats, and that means we map developers have a lot of ways to start playing around with Picasa photos.

New drag-to-route driving directions in google maps - once you have a route, drag the blue line around to have it automatically re-route using your desired roads or intermediate destinations.