1300 developers descended on the Sydney Convention Centre to attend Google Developer Day and learn about what Google terms as being "the prefect storm for web developers".
During the keynote, the company announced Google+ Pages and App Engine as leaving beta, as well as highlighting Google Cloud SQL.
Google+ Pages allows companies to create brand pages in much the same manner as Facebook Pages. The launch of Pages explains the reasoning behind Google's decision to change the functionality of the + operator in search queries. Using the + operator now takes the user directly to a branded Google+ page, a feature that Google calls Direct Connect. A deeper analysis of Google+ Pages was done by Kevin Purdy.
The search giant's cloud application engine, App Engine, has left beta and is now fully supported, with 99.95 percent guaranteed reliability and paid support available. App Engine is now certified for ISAE 3402, SSAE 16, and SAS 70.
App Engine makes use of Google's BigTable databases, but for developers who wish to remain in the world of SQL, the company has launched Google Cloud SQL. The service provides a MySQL environment, and allows developers to code in familiar SQL queries. No username or password is needed to connect Cloud SQL to App Engine, as a chain of trust is implicitly provided between the services.
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Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets -- he claims he once read an entire one.