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Google IO, Day 1

Today was day one of Googles annual developer conference, at the Mascone Center in San Francisco. Geared towards the developers that use Googles services, and offering In-depth technical sessions, hands-on training, and face time with engineering teams, the conference attracted more than 3000 web professionals for a session-packed, two-day event.

The day kicked off with the keynote, hosted by Vic Gundotra, giving a good overview of Googles investment in the developer community. With many guest speakers chiming in on various areas of focus, some key points were Googles impact on the HTML 5 spec, some feature and pricing announcements on Google App Engine, and the release of GWT 1.5.

Overall, judging from session attendance and overall feedback, it seems that App Engine and Android are the two areas that are garnering the most interest from the developer community. Actually, one of the most tangible aspects of the concept so far is the general enthusiasm and excitement over the technologies and concepts being presented. Compared to past industry events that I have attended, there is a noticeable sense of direction that is new, which honestly is really exciting and refreshing.

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