Opensocial Haifa Seminar - 2008.04.08


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Opensocial Haifa Seminar - 2008.04.08

  2. Introducing OpenSocial “Building Social applications with OpenSocial” <ul><ul><li>Ari Leichtberg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software Engineer Google </li></ul></ul>
  3. Agenda <ul><li>What is OpenSocial and Why is it important? </li></ul><ul><li>A Technical Overview of OpenSocial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JavaScript APIs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Container Software - Shindig </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>REST APIs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where to find more information on OpenSocial </li></ul>
  4. Agenda <ul><li>What is OpenSocial and Why is it important? </li></ul><ul><li>A Technical Overview of OpenSocial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JavaScript APIs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Container Software - Shindig </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>REST APIs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where to find more information on OpenSocial </li></ul>
  5. What is OpenSocial? <ul><li>OpenSocial is a set of common APIs for building social applications across the web </li></ul><ul><li>It is being developed by Google in conjunction with partners from the Web/Social Application development community </li></ul>
  6. Why OpenSocial is Important? <ul><li>The Web is better when it's social </li></ul><ul><li>Isn’t the Web social already? </li></ul><ul><li>100s of millions of users already have signed up for social networks around the world </li></ul><ul><li>That’s great, but we believe it can get better </li></ul>
  7. The problem of social network development As each social website opens its environment to developers, it exposes an API “ .. But what if you want to build an application that will run on multiple social websites?” Problem: Developers have to learn multiple APIs to publish in multiple environments Solution: OpenSocial allows developers to write applications to a common standard API that will run on multiple websites!
  8. OpenSocial solves this problem
  9. OpenSocial solves this problem
  10. What can OpenSocial do for the Web? <ul><li>It’s about more , more , more </li></ul><ul><li>More applications can be built by developers </li></ul><ul><li>More websites can run these applications </li></ul><ul><li>More users can use these applications </li></ul><ul><li>For Web developers this equates to distribution , distribution , distribution! </li></ul>
  11. OpenSocial is not Google Social <ul><li>Making the web more social, not just Google </li></ul><ul><li>The evolution of OpenSocial… </li></ul><ul><li>“ Working with open standards and open partners in a collaborative fashion to build the best technology” </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers and developers talking to engineers and developers </li></ul>
  12. OpenSocial in the US Pictures of hackerthon Partner Hackathon at SixApart in San Francisco Pictures of container meeting Numerous Hackathons held both at Google and at Partners sites <ul><li>On Site Google Hackathons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We supplied Power, Wifi, & Pizza! </li></ul></ul>
  13. OpenSocial in India Pictures of hackerthon Hacking in Delhi Pictures of container meeting Did a multi-city tour in Fall 07 - introducing OpenSocial <ul><li>Kicking off Hackathon in Bangalore </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OpenSocial Container Provider Meeting </li></ul></ul>
  14. Who’s working on OpenSocial? Over 200 other influential companies… amiando Animoto Appirio Bebo Bleacher Report BonstioNet Brad Anderson Bunchball, Inc BuyFast Cardinal Blue Software Chakpak Chronus Corporation Ci&T Inc come2play CurrentTV E-junkie eTwine Holdings, Inc. Fendoo Ltd Flixster FotoFlexer Friendster Grimmthething Guerreiro Consult Hi5 Hungry Machine Hyves (Division of Brasil Telecom)‏ iFamily, Inc iLike Imeem KlickSports, Inc. LabPixies Ltd. LimitNone LinkedIn LjmSite LoveMyGadgets LuvGoogleGadgets Mesa Dynamics, LLC Mixi MuseStorm Inc MySpace Netvibes NewsGator Nike Ning NY Times Shelfari O Globo Online Oberon Media Oracle Orkut Outside.In PayPal Plaxo PROTRADE Puxa Qloud RockYou …
  15. OpenSocial is not just for friends <ul><li>There is an untapped Enterprise potential </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of friends just sharing photos, messages business partners can interact via social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Google is now partnering with many influential business application providers </li></ul>
  16. OpenSocial Roadmap <ul><li>Version 0.5 was released in a “developer release” on Nov 1st. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First “sandbox” was made available on Orkut </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Version 0.6 was released in December </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Initial version of Shindig server software was launched as Apache incubator project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other sandboxes came live - Hi5, Ning, Plaxo … </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Version 0.7 (production) was released in January </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MySpace, Hi5, Orkut officially launching “very soon” </li></ul></ul>
  17. Gartner Technology Hype Cycle
  18. Open Social Hype Cycle
  19. Current status on (a few) containers hi5 - launched developer platform recently (80 million users): MySpace - Developer Platform live and beta Apps Gallery available: orkut – Sandbox available, launch in test phase, apps available to a subset of users (Estonia) - rolling out further in the coming weeks ning, plaxa – sandboxes available
  20. Agenda <ul><li>What is OpenSocial and Why is it important? </li></ul><ul><li>A Technical Overview of OpenSocial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JavaScript APIs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Container Software - Shindig </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>REST APIs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where to find more information on OpenSocial </li></ul>
  21. OpenSocial APIs overview <ul><li>People and Friends Data API Access friends information programmatically </li></ul><ul><li>Activities Data API See what you’re friends are up to Share what you are doing </li></ul><ul><li>Persistence Data API </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Server is optional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share data with your friends, the world </li></ul></ul>The core OpenSocial services include:
  22. OpenSocial APIs overview <ul><li>Built on industry standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>XML </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Javascript / HTML </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>REST – XML/HTTP, Gdata, JSON, - tbd. </li></ul></ul>
  23. Core Services - People & Friends /** * Request for friend info when the page loads. */ function getData() { var req = opensocial.newDataRequest(); req.add(req.newFetchPersonRequest(VIEWER), 'viewer' ); req.add(req.newFetchPeopleRequest(VIEWER_FRIENDS), 'viewerFriends' ); req.send( onLoadFriends ); }; Getting info on you and your friends :
  24. Core Services - People /** * Callback function for returned friend data. */ function onLoadFriends (response) { var viewer = response.get( 'viewer' ).getData(); var html = 'Friends of ' + viewer.getDisplayName() + ‘:<br><ul>’; var viewerFriends = response.get( 'viewerFriends' ).getData(); viewerFriends.each(function(person) { html += '<li>' + person.getDisplayName() + '</li>';}); html += '</ul>'; document.getElementById('message').innerHTML = html; }; Getting info on you and your friends :
  25. Core Services - Activities /** * Posting a simple text activity */ function postActivity(text) { var params = {}; params[opensocial.Activity.Field.TITLE] = text; var activity = opensocial.newActivity(params); opensocial.requestCreateActivity(activity, opensocial.CreateActivityPriority.HIGH, callback ); } postActivity(&quot;This is a sample activity, created at &quot; + new Date().toString()); Posting an Activity :
  26. Core Services - Persistence /** * Storing data */ function populateMyAppData() { var req = opensocial.newDataRequest(); var data1 = Math.random() * 5; var data2 = Math.random() * 100; req.add(req.newUpdatePersonAppDataRequest(&quot;VIEWER&quot;, &quot;AppField1&quot;, data1)); req.add(req.newUpdatePersonAppDataRequest(&quot;VIEWER&quot;, &quot;AppField2&quot;, data2)); req.send(requestMyData); }; Requesting to persist data:
  27. Core Services - Persistence /** * Fetching data */ function requestMyData() { var req = opensocial.newDataRequest(); var fields = [&quot;AppField1&quot;, &quot;AppField2&quot;]; req.add(req.newFetchPersonRequest( opensocial.DataRequest.PersonId.VIEWER), &quot;viewer&quot;); req.add(req.newFetchPersonAppDataRequest(&quot;VIEWER&quot;, fields), &quot;viewer_data&quot;); req.send(handleReturnedData); } Requesting to persist data:
  28. Core Services - Persistence /** * Displaying persisted data */ function handleReturnedData(data) { var mydata = data.get(&quot;viewer_data&quot;); var viewer = data.get(&quot;viewer&quot;); me = viewer.getData(); // me is global var var data = mydata[me.getId()]; htmlout += &quot;AppField1: &quot; + data[&quot;AppField1&quot;] + &quot;<br/>&quot;; htmlout += &quot;AppField2: &quot; + data[&quot;AppField2&quot;] + &quot;<br/>&quot;; var div = document.getElementById('content_div'); div.innerHTML = htmlout; } Displaying the fetched ( persisted ) data:
  29. 0.7 Highlights <ul><li>Production ready! </li></ul><ul><li>Viral growth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>requestShareApp(), requestSendMessage()‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Feature support querying </li></ul><ul><ul><li>supportsField()‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Standardized person fields </li></ul><ul><ul><li>location, affiliations, status, profile pictures, DOB, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gadget specs re-namespaced </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ie. gadgets.IE_Adjust_Frame_Height </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Better environment support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>methods to determine locale </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Built in JSON support </li></ul>
  30. Demonstration <ul><li>Building some simple OpenSocial apps in Orkut </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Displaying your friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give gifts to your friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show what you've given </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Show what you've received </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reviewing other OpenSocial applications </li></ul>
  31. Agenda <ul><li>What is OpenSocial and Why is it important? </li></ul><ul><li>A Technical Overview of OpenSocial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JavaScript APIs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Container Software - Shindig </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>REST APIs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where to find more information on OpenSocial </li></ul>
  32. OpenSocial’s Container - Shindig <ul><li>What is Shindig? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ OpenSource software that allows you to serve OpenSocial applications” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Is currently an Apache Software Incubator project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heavy partner involvement: Ning championed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open source reference implementation of OpenSocial & Gadgets technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It’s Goal: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ To serve as an easy to use OpenSocial “container in a box” </li></ul></ul>
  33. Shindig Components Shindig Gadget Server Gadget Container JavaScript OpenSocial Container JavaScript Gadget Rendering Servlet <ul><li>Gadget Server </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Renders gadget XML (i.e. from‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gadget Container JavaScript </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OpenSocial Container JavaScript </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JavaScript environment for people, activities, persistence </li></ul></ul>
  34. Shindig in Action Running the application Request is made from Client Data is returned and rendered Application Installation Gadget XML is loaded and cached on OpenSocial Container Gadget XML Source
  35. Agenda <ul><li>What is OpenSocial and Why is it important? </li></ul><ul><li>A Technical Overview of OpenSocial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JavaScript APIs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Container Software - Shindig </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>REST APIs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where to find more information on OpenSocial </li></ul>
  36. OpenSocial’s REST APIs <ul><li>Why are REST APIs needed? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What if you don’t have a JavaScript environment?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Progress is now being made on the specification for OpenSocial REST APIs! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A new proposal is been published </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Posted in “ opensocial-and-gadgets-spec ” Google Group </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently receiving feedback </li></ul></ul>
  37. With REST APIs OpenSocial can go Mobile! <ul><li>The OpenSocial Mobile environment potential is obviously huge </li></ul><ul><li>Since OpenSocial based on common Web standards programming is straightforward </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HTML/JavaScript </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flash/Flash Lite </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>REST APIs (Upcoming)‏ </li></ul></ul>
  38. Agenda <ul><li>What is OpenSocial and Why is it important? </li></ul><ul><li>A Technical Overview of OpenSocial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JavaScript APIs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Container Software - Shindig </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>REST APIs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where to find more information on OpenSocial </li></ul>
  39. <ul><li>Start getting involved early! </li></ul><ul><li>A non-profit entity jointly proposed by Yahoo!, MySpace, and Google </li></ul><ul><li>Now available to developers and website owners </li></ul><ul><li>Latest specifications </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to participate in specs discussions (REST API)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Links to other resources </li></ul>
  40. Where to find more info on OpenSocial Specification Sandboxes For container developers
  41. Where to find more info on OpenSocial This slide deck:
  42. Questions?