One week in San Francisco is over, and I’m slightly jetlagged. However, it was a nice little trip, and the Google I/O conference was actually pretty good. I’d feared that it would turn out to be a complete fanboy conference, but luckily it wasn’t that bad, and most of the talks I went to were of pretty high quality. I mostly went to the GWT talks about the upcoming features in 2.0, and how to structure large GWT applications.
As most people know by now, the conference wasn’t entirely without hype. First, there was the Google Android phone giveaway, which I must admit was pretty sweet. I’d thought about buying an Andriod-based phone, so getting a free one couldn’t be any better – especially because it came with a 1 month subscription and in unlocked condition. I’m still getting used to the phone, but I like it more than my iPhone – probably mostly because I’m not tied in to the 2nd evil empire.
The second hype-event was the Google Wave presentation. Also some pretty sweet stuff, especially considering that it was all a web application based on GWT. Time will tell if Google Wave will live up to the quite large amount of applause given at the presentation, but it seems like it has the potential to have quite an impact. I’m certainly looking forward to getting access to the sandbox environment, and even more to getting a look at the source code when it becomes available.
The conference was only two days, so there was time for some sightseeing and shopping. Just in case anybody else doesn’t know it: Playstation 3 games for region 1 (USA) can be played on a region 2 device (EU). Oh, and if you rent a convertible, you should probably consider putting on some sunlotion before driving around the entire day with the roof off.