Thursday, July 15, 2010

How to get to Google DevFest Kuala Lumpur

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If you are driving, take any highway exits that heads to Bukit Jalil. If you follow the map, you can find your way if you use the Bukit Jalil National Stadium as your landmark. For parking, all DevFest participants will get a flat rate of RM3 per entry. Please get your parking ticket stamped during morning registration.

If you are taking public transportation, take the RapidKL light rail transit from Masjid Jamek to Bukit Jalil station. There's a RapidKL bus with a "TPM" or "Technology Park Malaysia" sticker on it's windscreen. Take that bus & alight at Enterprise 4 building. According to the people from this area, there's a bus every 15 minutes. Since it's a working day, we're in luck because alot of people will be going to work by bus. So just ask around if you're clueless. Or you can alternatively take a taxi from Bukit Jalil station.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Download DevFest Google Chrome extension

To celebrate the coming 1st DevFest in Kuala Lumpur, a fellow community member from GTUG Kuala Lumpur, Leonard Lee also known as @sheeeng, has developed a super cool Chrome extension for the Google Chrome browser.

Install Google DevFest Chrome extension

Who is Leonard Lee?

Leonard spents most of this time developing desktop applications' user interface using Qt at F-Secure. He first experience with Google technologies dated back around 2005 when he was doing his internship. Back in those days, Gmail beta invite was a privilege. Leonard was looking around the Internet for few weeks and imagine the excitement he had when he got his first Gmail beta invite in June 2005. Gmail is fast and most importantly, it had the most effective spam filter among all the free web mails providers.

He was born in Kuching, Sarawak. However, he grew up in Kuala Lumpur after his family moved here when he was about 8 years old. His default language is set to English most the the time. However, he polymorphically speaks Malay, Mandarin, etc. depending on situation.

Currently, he's experimenting with Google Chrome extension with his limited web knowledge. Next in his list, hacking around the MeeGo system (Linux-based open source mobile operating system project), the hybrid of Moblin project, by Intel, and Maemo by Nokia. MeeGo for Netbook comes with Google Chrome browser. Notable to see MeeGo API is based on open source Qt.

Listen to him at Google DevFest on 16 July 2010. Register now to book your seats. It's FREE!.

Monday, July 12, 2010

A pictorial of Google DevFest in Singapore

Last week, I had the opportunity to join in the fun at Google DevFest Singapore, co-organised by Singapore GTUG. The experience was more than words can explain, so I decided to give you a pictorial of what happened.

Daniels Lee, who works in the Maps team, started the day with some strong coffee. Literally.

Jeremey Orlow from the Chrome team in London, explains a little bit about HTML5 & Google Chrome. Too bad he wasn't able to come for KL stop.

The dynamic Buzz duo, Timothy Jordan & Bob Aman. Or what I personally like to call them, Buzzman & Bobaman. Their talk was fun and engaging! All they need now is super hero costumes...

Q&A session. Malaysians, please don't be shy asking questions. If you're unable to speak English, just raise your hand & I'll help you to translate your questions. Be fun & curious!

Patrick Chanezon loves the crowd and the crowd loved him too!

Peeps from Creately shared their experiences with the Google Apps Marketplace during the local demos/presentations slot.

Developers were showing off what they built with Google Maps & Buzz APIs within 1.5 hours of hackathon. Freaking awesome!

Lim Chee Aun, GTUG KL resident hacker who is coincidently working in Singapore, showed Daniels Lee his toilet Buzz & Maps mashup. Yup, it's all about toilets! And he took home a Maps tshirt and a Buzz tshirt. Awesome!

Timothy literally suggested to Chee Aun to make a pillow out of the Buzz tshirt because it was too big for Chee Aun. Hahaha.

Group photo with all the developers that walked away with cool swags from Google. Do you want one too?

The next DevFest stop will be at Kuala Lumpur on the 16th July 2010. It's not too late yet to signup and have fun with the Googlers. Register now and I'll see you there!