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Google Wave hits developers; Bug hunt begins

Google said it will send out 100,000 invitations to developers to give Google Wave, the company's collaboration tools, a spin.

This is a guest post from Larry Dignan of TechRepublic's sister site ZDNet. You can follow Larry on his ZDNet blog Between the Lines, or subscribe to the RSS feed. 

Google said it will send out 100,000 invitations to developers to give Google Wave, the company's collaboration tools, a spin.

Google Wave, which made its debut a few months ago at the search giant's developer powwow, generated a lot of initial buzz. However, scalability and stability is an open question.

In a blog post, Google said:

Since first unveiling the project back in May, we've focused almost exclusively on scalability, stability, speed and usability. Yet, you will still experience the occasional downtime, a crash every now and then, part of the system being a bit sluggish and some of the user interface being, well, quirky.

Also see: The enterprise implications of Google Wave

The general idea is to get Google Wave (all ZDNet content) to developers to help the company cook up features. Google acknowledges that Google Wave isn't fully baked and lacks:

  • The ability to remove a participant from a group;
  • Define groups;
  • Assign permissions;
  • And use draft mode.

Indeed, CNet News' Tom Krazit said:

At present, however, Google Wave is one big bug bash, perhaps half a year away from launching as a stable product. Google engineers have solved many of the more persistent bugs that were hampering the product a few months ago, but there is still a long way to go and Wave should not be considered anything but a "preview," Rasmussen said. Still, that's better than "developer preview," the status previously attached to Wave that implied only hardcore techies should venture within.

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