A great way to make communication more ground-breaking is through creating an open-source web-based forum. And, this is why wave developers are being sought upon as a way to help create and develop more killer applications most especially for Wave.
In fact, it has already begun. The Google Wave Team aims to continue developing more powerful and better extensions for running forums in wave. And, to take it to the next level, the team aspires to incorporate tested features from forums into a robot which in effect can make Google Wave as the ultimate platform for forum-based discussions.
The objective is, improve Wave through incorporating forum which can encourage users to utilize it for other purposes instead of sticking to which is traditional.
And, according to David Crane, an external Wave developer working on the Debatewise Extension, there are three specific areas which need further developing, namely…
(a) Objective: To enable people go hand in hand around a theme of their choice and help find waves of interest. Tasks: Group waves around disciplines.
(b) Objective: To encourage and reward participation in conversations. Tasks: Stir in the levels of participation rates and privileges and the likes.
(c) Objective: To establish mechanisms so people can decide who to invoke or ignore. Tasks: List of all user messages and their classification in the community.
A new version of Google Documents is now on its transition process and a list of better features are presented to the public for a more developed data management. Here are a few to mention:
In this new addition, users are allowed to see updates from other collaborators as they do changes or editing in a specific document on a real-time basis. This feature is very helpful especially in situations when problems occur.
Higher quality imports
There is a better consistency of importing from a desktop into Google Docs. Scanning through files is no longer a hassle.
Communication through Chat
This is the most exciting part with the new version of Google Docs. As a user makes changes, he or she can communicate with other collaborators through the use of chat within the document itself.
Google documents have a ruler for setting margins, indentations, and tab stops.
These improved features above make Google Docs a lot more fun to use, however, many might be asking now if this innovation will affect Wave.
Is this going to be good for wave or will this mean that wave is no longer up for use? Or, does this mean Google Docs will gain better advantage over wave when it comes to collaboration?
Despite of these uncertainties, what’s good about this is that there are still remarkable differences between the two. One to point out is Docs doesn’t have the ability to work with robots which Wave is capable of doing.
Many might suggest that it may possibly be more interesting if Docs becomes a client of Wave. This way, collaborators can edit documents using Wave or vice versa, which really makes integration and work collaboration easier and faster.
Google I/O 2010 have accommodated a lot of application developers this year, however, there are still many who were unfortunate to join the event in person. That’s why, for those who weren’t so lucky to attend, you can now update yourself and join in virtually by watching the recorded videos of the different presentations shown at I/O.
All videos are also made available at this YouTube Playlist.
Munch on the videos now and see all the developments and new application releases launched at I/O 2010!
Google I/O 2010 has remarkably served as a good platform for new application developers working on collaboration tools and software. And, I am very pleased with how everything turned out both for MasteringWave and especially Caseish.
After Caseish was launched, it has received good reviews and news coverage which is really a great sign for me that people are becoming aware and interested with it.
Caseish has been featured in “Dansker promoverer Wave-baseret system,” an article post in ComputerWorld.dk
Another post in ReadWriteWeb also featured Caseish as one of the latest 5 Services that Leverage Google Wave.
I hope to see more write ups and reviews about this product in the future.
Given the chance to be a participant in the event, I can say that Google I/O is really amazing wherein all developers are surprised with the new innovations when it comes to collaboration.
And, all of us are very surprised with the new API releases which were announced, namely:
“Wave This” Service
Run robots on any server
Fetch waves with Wave data APIs
Use a robot to manipulate and retrieve attachments
Other companies also presented their current innovations like:
Seeing all these announcements prove what Google I/O truly stands for…
According to Vic Gundotra, Engineering Vice-President of Google, I/O embodies the spirit of the Web, a spirit of collaboration, a spirit of inclusiveness rather than exclusiveness, and, a spirit of innovation and of openness.
I/O also stands for two most important elements of Web Culture: Innovation in the Open.
Keep posted for more updates!