Wednesday, 31 May 2006
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Mash up search results with the Google AJAX Search API

The Google AJAX Search API lets you add a dynamic Google search module to your web pages so your users can mash up Google search results with other content on your site or add search results clippings to their own content. Think of it as the Maps API, but for Search -- you just add a single <script> tag to your web page, a few lines of JavaScript, and you have an interactive search box that mixes results from Web Search, Local Search, Video, and Blog Search. Check out the samples and documentation for more information.

Thursday, 25 May 2006
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Time to Start Coding: Summer of Code students selected!

The results are in and 630 students have been selected to take part in this year's Summer of Code program. You can check out the list of selected proposals for each organization by clicking on the organization's name on the SoC organization list.

Congratulations to all accepted students and our sincere thanks to all who applied for the program and to the mentoring organizations who processed literally thousands of applications. We've received several emails from students who still plan to work with their mentoring organizations despite not being accepted into the program, and we feel privileged to help a new generation of programmers get their hands into Open Source development.

SoC is on.

Tuesday, 16 May 2006
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Write AJAX applications in the Java language with Google Web Toolkit

Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is a Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications easy. With GWT, you can develop and debug AJAX applications in the Java language using the Java development tools of your choice. When you deploy your application to production, the GWT compiler translates your Java application to browser-compliant JavaScript and HTML.

My favorite feature is the built-in RPC support. Instead of writing special methods to parse JSON literals and wrap them in your own objects, you just need to annotate the classes you want to send across the wire, and GWT automagically handles serialization and deserialization for you. The list of features is impressive, but you really have try it out for yourself to appreciate how cool the product is.

If you are at JavaOne, make sure you come see our tech lead, Bruce Johnson, in his session on GWT tomorrow, May 17, at 12:15 pm in the Moscone Center Gateway 102/103.

Monday, 8 May 2006
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SoC Student Application Deadline Has Been Extended

We've decided to extend the Summer of Code 2006 student application deadline to 11:00 PDT on Tuesday, May 9th. Thanks to all of you who've applied and for those who haven't yet, keep those applications coming!

Monday, 1 May 2006
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SoC 2006 is on....

We've begun taking student applications for Summer of Code 2006. Visit us in #summer-discuss on if you have questions that aren't covered in our Mentor and Student FAQs or our running Application FAQ in Summer-Discuss-2006.