Wave presentation at Dong Energy

On Thursday Daniel Graversen gave a presentation on Google Wave at Dongenergy, one of the largest companies in Denmark. The presentation was given as part of a SOA workshop, and Wave was introduced as a place where SOA could be leveraged.

The presentation was only on 15 minuttes, so there was not a lot of time to go into all the details, only the basics of Wave was covered:

  • Wave editing and chat demonstration
  • How the Gravity client works and real time editing of the Wave.
  • SAP customer service robot which demostrates the use Wave as a Enterprise Service client.

You can see the slides below.

The most interesting was a 1 hour workshop, where we discussed how Wave could be used in organizations the size of Dong Energy. The result of this discussion will be posted in a future blog post.

If you need a presentation on Google Wave for our company or organization send a mail to dgr@WaveOnBusiness.com or Wave to dgraversen@googlewave.com, and we can arrange a presentation.

Cross posted to Wave on Business.

Waveboarder Iphone app

I tried the iphone app Waveboarder. It is a $0.99 application, which make the browsing of Wave on the Iphone app easier.

I read TechCrunchs Waveboard Puts Google Wave iPhone Application Up For Sale where they inteduce the application. With the low price I need to try it.

A demo of the application can be seen on youtube.

It works easier than using the normal Safari browser for Wave. The application contains some extra functions for looking between the waves.

Even with this application, Wave is not useful on my iTouch. I can see the waves and browse. But if i need to update or write something it does not make much sense. I just got a text area that I cannot see anything in. It is okay if you need to look up some information in Wave, but other than that it cannot be used at the moment.
I’m looking forward to a real client for iphone/itouch.

Wave boarder can be downloaded from itunes.

New capabilities.xml format

The format of capabilities.xml has been changed. I have looked at the http://code.google.com/intl/da/apis/wave/extensions/robots/ and it is now possible to also specify the profile.

The new code looks like the following.

<w:robot xmlns:w="http://wave.google.com/extensions/robots/1.0">
<w:version>0.1</w:version>
<w:capabilities>
  <w:capability name="BLIP_SUBMITTED"/>
  <w:capability name="DOCUMENT_CHANGED"/>
</w:capabilities>
<w:profile name="Cartoony" imageurl="http://cartoonybot.appspot.com/public/avatar.png" profileurl="http://cartoonybot.appspot.com"/>
</w:robot>

This is much nicer than using the profile servlet, which served the same informations. With the help of this new XML format you can delete your profile servlet. I cannot imagine a time, where the profile image needs to change dependant of which user is calling it. I don’t think you have the informaiton in the request sendt to get the profile informaiton. So thise values will always be hardcoded.

It does not provide much of a change in Python, since python already generates the document. Then we just need the Java API also to follow the python, so it also can create the cababilites based on configuration in a class file.

Using wave on Netbooks

I got my Asus Eee PC with a 10″ 1024×600 screen two weeks ago. It would be very useful to have Google Wave on this computer. The first thing I did was to attach the computer to a large external screen and then run the Wave. It worked pretty well because you could see everything.

The big advantage of a laptop computer is that it can be brought anywhere. Besides, its light and not bulky. Well, mine has a really long battery life that can last for a full working day if it set to standby mode when it is not being used. This also works well if you are going to write or note important points in meetings or events.

I used the notebook to tweet, write notes and work in wave.

If you don’t change any of the windows settings you cannot see much like shown on the following image.

It is fairly easy to work in wave with the Eee. The screen is not big, but it is possible to make the Wave panel larger to write well. There is still a large part in the window, which is taken by the header and form fields. The Eee has a mode where it is possible to mimic a larger screen and thereby roll the windows so you only see the wave.

Firefox also has to be in Full screen. This way you get more space to write on and it also removes the bar in the window screen.

The problem with the Wave exists if you start adding images or gadgets. They can often not fit into the small 600 pixels in height. I tried to use the Gravity Gadget on the computer and it was very difficult to get a full overview of the process because the screen was to small.

Typing on it is another problem I noticed in the beginning because I thought  it will be slow. There was too much JavaScript for the Atom processor. It only seems to have been improved I can now write as fast as I want.

The off-line wave mode does also work pretty well. What you type will get synced in with the wave when you get back on-line. This is also interesting if you want to save the battery by stopping the Wifi connection or to any conference where the Internet connection is unstable.

I see it is possible to use wave also on small notebooks like mine. They can handle a much richer environment than mobile phones.

I have now used Wave for one day

I have been very pleased with how the production Wave system worked the first day.

Compared to the sandbox I enjoy working in the production system. It is nice to start it an almost empty mailbox, where you can start from. When you have said what you want you can archive the waves, and they will not pop in to you inbox.

I have had three (I’m a big shot) conversations with different peers in the wave system. It was easy and fast to communicate with them. The wave popped into my inbox, when somebody had any comments.

It would be nice to know if your peers was online, so you knew if the where able to respond. Or that you got a popup from the Google Talk gadget when a new wave was created for you.

There are some incoming waves that I have no reason to be a part of. I don’t know why these messages come into my inbox. It seem a kind of random. Is this the spam we will see in Wave. I don’t think anybody has created spam bots yet, thought it would be fairly easy to make.

I had a problem with my WP-BOT, which created a blog with the wave. The blog wp-bot.masteringwave.com uses the Wavr plugin. This plugin had hardcoded the some sources from the wave sandbox, because it nobody knew how it would be. I have created a but report on it.