Default templates on Google Wave

The default start screen has been changed. You can now start a new wave containing some prefilled content.

Templates are not something new The Shiny Wave had a post about a user contributed list of Wave templates. I’m not sure if any of the templates from the project has been reused. But some of the ideas have. The difference is that with this new addition you do not have to find a wave template and the create a new Wave based on this.

An example of this looks like this.

The idea is fantastic, it will allow you have some much better synchronized and harmonized waves. It seems like it is missing the option of adding your own templates to the list. It could be some extensions you added or something defined in your Wave for your Enterprise.

Email with updates on Wave changes

Probably the most requested feature of Google Wave has been delivered yesterday. It is simply to get email notification when a Wave changes.

It is quite easy to start to use. Simply select the dropdown button on your inbox, select notifications. Then you have the option to select how often you want the notifications.

 

The email you then will get looks like the following.

One feature missing feature is that it is not possible to look for updates in the inbox. I might only be interested in updates in Wave, when a search term is updated. So I only get updates when Waves with the word SAP or the tag SAP is updated.

I currently use Google Wave Notifier to get updates, when a Wave is changing. The program gives instant notifications when your inbox changes. It is quite useful. But it is probably not a solution for non-it savvy users how don’t want to install all kinds of addons.

2nd Wave meetup in Copenhagen

If you are in Copenhagen this week it might be worth going by the IT-university. We are having our 2.nd Google Wave meetup there.

This time we will focus on development of gadgets. There will be demonstrations on how gadgets and robots can be created.

Jacob Andersen will show how to create a python robot that can convert a wave to a pdf file. The code can already be found at github http://github.com/jacobandresen/pdf-thingy 

Daniel Graversen (me) will talk how to make gadgets using Flex. I just need to create a presentation.

I hope that we can get somebody to tell how wave is useful in their industry.

The event will take place Wednesday the 3 of February. The room number will be availed on Wednesday on the Wave.

For more information look see this Wave.

Wave Bot: Annoty

I was looking at the Wave robot Annoty. Annoty is a Google Wave robot which is able to change the text as you write.

To add the robot simply, add annoty@appspot.com to the Wave.

The robot implements usage of regular expression, which makes it easy to extend the robots functionality. The robot contains option to add commands, when you are typing commands like the following.

<annoty add 'italic' 'style/fontStyle' 'italic'>

When the user enters italic, the text will be converted to italic. A regular expression could also be used, which will make usage much easier.

The robot also contains easy linking to ie. bug reports which could be identified by a Jira number or debian number.

A demonstration of the robot can be seen on the video blow.

The robot is an example on how the robot can be used to help with providing more context to a conversation. It is like the demo DJ Adams where he retrieves the complete text from sevice calls in the SAP backend. See his demo below.

The robot did not respond during the review, so it is only based on the video.

Would you recommend any robots, which also can help with adding context to the Wave?

Books on Google Wave

ANDROIDIt is interesting to see how new technologies are adopted. One marker is the number of books in the field. The more books on a topic the more it looks like it is gaining traction.

Google Wave is becoming popular and popular everyday as developers and new users learn and find ways to improve it. We have heard of so many reviews, websites and seen video tutorials about the wave. Many said it will replace the traditional email, instant messengers and other means of communication. Nevertheless, the Google Wave so to say is the next big thing in the industry of social networking. It is so much applicable to almost all sorts of environments; be it offices, schools, or homes; wave enables people interact without limits. Even though the wave may have rough edges and unstable operations, the Google team, with so many developers are making the best to provide the world with the most convenient and limitless tool. I know for sure that many internet fans out there crave to test out Google Wave.

O’reilly Media will release the book “Google Wave: Up and Running”. It costs $29.99 and you can purchase it here (http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596806002). The book aims to provide tutorials and even some easy step by step procedures on how to use and build extensions for Google Wave, the exciting new real-time communication and collaboration technology that unifies email, instant messaging (IM), wiki, and social networking functions in one integrated platform. With this book, you’ll quickly learn about Google Wave client and how to use Google Wave’s APIs to extend the platform and customize its functions and display.”

The book which has already been published is the Complete Wave Guide, which covers how users can interact with Wave. I have just read the online version, but it is fairly easy to read and contains lots of practical informations. The books is available online, but you can also download the book for 6$. I have not seen a book like this for Android.

A way to compare the release of books with with how Android books has been released. The beta release of Android SDK was from August 18 2008. The first book I have found is 29 July 2008, so it was based on the alpha SDK of Android. It does make sense that the book can be published before the SDK, because Android was public much earlier in the process. Where as Wave as private until May 2009.

The full list of Android books the releases is the following, according to what I could find.

  • ANDROID A PROGRAMMERS GUIDE July 2008
  • Professional Android Application Development Nov 2008
  • Hello, Android: Introducing Google’s Mobile Development Platform Dec 2008
  • The Busy Coder’s Guide to Android Development Febuary 2009
  • Google on the Go: Using an Android-Powered Mobile Phone Febuary 2009
  • Unlocking Android April 2009
  • Android Application Development: Programming with the Google SDK May 2009
  • Beginning Android June 2009
  • Android Wireless Application Development September 2009

It is a kind of impressing that this many books has been released on the topic of Android. I’m not sure on how stable the API is, is the first books for the beta relase already outdated. I could imagine Wave development books also will be outdated quite fast, since the APIs are not stable yet.

There has been published 8 books on just over a year on Android. Will we get more with Wave? Will there be any e-books for developers?