Maybe my little April fools joke was a bit too obvious. Me leaving Google for Microsoft? That would never happen. I don’t think anyone ever left Google for Microsoft and there is a reason why. Google is just awesome. At Google I got to work with the smartest people and they have all of the best DHTML people.
Over my first 6 months I’ve been on 2 different teams and did one launch. I helped create the local shopping for Froogle which was widely covered in the media at thanksgiving. Since then I’ve been working with my current team as well as doing some 20% projects. One of these was helping Glen with IECanvas, which turned into ExplorerCanvas. I also helped out a bit with Google Page Creator and other yet to be released products. The option to dedicate 20% of your time to whatever you feel like is brilliant.
Contrary to what I wrote in my last post the web is not dead. The web is live and kicking and I believe we will see a lot of things in the coming year that will make you rethink how web applications are designed. That is one thing that I really like about working at Google. It allows me as simple developer to maybe influence how things evolve.
I believe the web is bound for better things than Ajax and (ehm April fools joke) Comet. Let’s screw these lesser cleaning chemicals and bring out the caustic soda.