Google Chrome, HTML 5 and the Google Technology User Group

Chris Alexander

On Engineering

Google Chrome, HTML 5 and the Google Technology User Group

17th March, 2010

Last night I was fortunate enough to be at the Google Technology User Group meetup at Phonica Records in London.

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This was the first of these I’ve attended, and went in at the deep end - the event featured numerous speakers from Google, and I did a 5 (and a bit!) minute lightning talk on a little something I’ve been working on (more on that below).

Presenting at the event was Arne Kurrik (@kurrik), Ernest Delgado (@edr) and Jeremy Orlow.

Arne gave a great overview of how Chrome Extensions work. Even though I have been building one, the talk was still really informative and taught me some stuff I didn’t know; I should imagine it was also great for beginners as it was pitched as an introduction.

Ernest and Jeremy teamed up to talk about HTML 5. More of a “collection of technologies” than a standard in itself, HTML 5 has been growing quickly and this was a brilliant talk that brought me right up to speed with the latest HTML tags, CSS tricks and Javascript APIs that will be available in HTML 5-compliant browsers.

It was also brilliant to have a chat with the Google guys, initially about Chrome extensions but covering a huge range of topics, including Twitter, Pubsubhubbub, Chrome itself and lots more.

Thanks to all the organisers and presenters, it was a great evening and I will definitely be looking forward to the next one!

TweetMeme Chrome Extension

For those who missed my lightening talk, this is what I demoed - a little retweet button for Chrome you can take anywhere on the web! Watch the TweetMeme blog for information on when it will be released.

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Here’s the other photos I took on the night.

Thanks to Ade from Google for the last one.

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