Application Development: Google Labs: 10 Developer-Oriented Projects We Hope Make the Cut

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-07-21 Print this article Print


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On July 20, Google announced its plans to shut down its popular Google Labs site. Google Labs has served as a channel for some of the projects Google engineers came up with during their 20 percent time—the 20 percent of their working time that Google encourages its people to use to experiment and work on other projects. In a July 20 blog post, Bill Coughran, senior vice president for research and systems infrastructure at Google, announced the phasing out of Google Labs, saying, "While we've learned a huge amount by launching very early prototypes in Labs, we believe that greater focus is crucial if we're to make the most of the extraordinary opportunities ahead." The search giant also said it will be keeping some projects alive and totally shelving others. Several projects have graduated from the Google Labs incubator, including Google Maps, iGoogle, and Google Docs and Spreadsheets. Other popular end user-related projects currently in Google Labs, such as Google Goggles and City Tours, are likely to be continued. But what about projects that might be useful to a developer? This slide show takes a look at some of the projects we hope survive the Google Labs shutdown.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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