Google to Hold Google Cloud Platform Live Event for Developers

Google is opening the daylong San Francisco-based event to a limited number of developers on-site, but will Webcast the event for other participants around the world.

To help developers expand their expertise with Google's Cloud Platform, the company will hold an all-day Google Cloud Platform Live event in San Francisco on March 25 to highlight new features, capabilities and updates that are now part of the ever-expanding cloud environment.

As part of Google Cloud Platform Live, Google is making a limited number of tickets available to interested developers for the on-site event, which will be held in the Terra Gallery and Venue, 511 Harrison St., in San Francisco, while a limited number of invites will also be distributed for "viewing parties" that will be held remotely at Google offices in Seattle and in New York City. All other interested developers around the world will be able to join the event through live broadcasts of the sessions on YouTube.

The event and its detailed, comprehensive cloud-aimed agenda were announced by Urs Hölzle, a Google senior vice president of technical infrastructure and a Google Fellow, in a Feb. 12 post on the Google Developers Blog.

"Please join me and the senior engineering leadership of Google Cloud Platform at Google Cloud Platform Live in San Francisco on March 25, 2014," wrote Hölzle." We'll announce a number of new products, features and updates to Google Cloud Platform, and showcase the investments we're making in building the world's best public cloud."

Among the many topics to be discussed will be new approaches to computing that move beyond traditional divisions of platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), models for processing big data at Google speed and scale, and how the company is building an enhanced developer experience inside the platform to help make developers more productive, according to Google.

The event begins at 12:30 p.m. ET with a keynote address from Hölzle, followed by a session that will outline "An End-to-End Tour of the Cloud Platform," including details about building apps on the platform and scaling them to serve thousands of requests per second.

Sessions will also include "The Power of Big Data on Google Cloud Platform," which will discuss how Google is helping developers tackle big data; "Compute at Google: An Insider's View," which will describe what Google has been doing with its services to fundamentally change the nature of computer science; "DevOps at Google Speed and Tools for You," which will dive into new technologies that make it easier to build, test, deploy, monitor and fix production services so that developers can be more productive; and "Google Computing and Open Source Technologies," which will take a closer look at how Google is working with open source and Google Cloud Platform.

Other featured session will include "Seeing Inside Your Service," which will demonstrate how developers can get real insights into the performance, health and stability of the services; "Not Your Father's Cloud: Cloud Platform's Secret Sauce," which will go behind the scenes to show off some key details about the technology that powers Cloud Platform and Google; "Overview of a Brand New Cloud Platform Service," which will unveil some new as yet undisclosed services; "Big Data, Open Source Technologies and Google Cloud Platform," which will explore big data and the work happening in open-source ecosystems like Hadoop; and "Building Cloud-Powered Android Applications," which will demonstrate how to build an Android application with a Cloud Platform-based back end in minutes.

Google often puts together training sessions about its products and services for developers.

In January 2014, Google announced that it would join several other organizations to hold a series of Dart training sessions for developers around the world through March. The Dart Flight School training events included more than 50 events focused on teaching Dart.

The Dart project was introduced in October 2011 as a structured yet flexible language for Web programming, according to an earlier eWEEK report. The project's goals were to make Dart feel familiar and natural to programmers while ensuring that Dart delivered high performance on all modern Web browsers and environments ranging from small handheld devices to server-side execution.

The Dart 1.0 Software Developers Kit (SDK), a cross-browser, open-source toolkit that aims to help developers build structured Web applications, was released by Google in October 2013, according to an earlier eWEEK report. The SDK includes the Dart Editor, which is a dart2js translator that allows Dart code to run in modern Web browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Safari, and the Pub package manager, which includes more than 500 packages from the community.