SAN FRANCISCO-Google announced a new set of APIs to make AJAX development faster and easier.
He said such things may look small.
"So, what, you host some files," Almaer said. "But when you run the numbers, you quickly see that this could make the Web a lot faster, and is the start of something even bigger if you look at what could happen in the future."
He said Google will add more AJAX libraries as developers find them useful.
"The bottom line, and what I am really excited about, is what this could all mean for Web developers," Almaer said. "We could be removed of the constant burden of having to re-download our standard libraries all the time. What other platform makes you do this? Imagine if you had to download the JRE [Java Runtime Environment] every time you ran a Java app. If we can remove this burden, we can spend more time flushing out functionality that we need, and less time worrying about the actual download bits."
During the opening keynote session at Google I/O, Mark Lucovsky, Google's technical director for the Google AJAX Search API, demonstrated the Google Data APIs, which provide read/write access to Google services such as YouTube Spreadsheet, Calendar and others. He also demonstrated the use of Google AJAX APIs and controls, which are similar to the Google Data APIs except they work against the open, public Web.
With these APIs, "you can sprinkle the Web onto your apps," Lucovsky said.