Monthly Archives: May 2010

Google Launches Its Own Open Source Learning Platform – CloudCourse

In an arena dominated by Moodle, Google launches its own open source learning platform: CloudCourse.

According to the blog “Open Source at Google”, the application was released with the intention of driving developers to develop Web applications with Google’s App Engine. The team encourages developers to look into the source code to find out how specific Web application development challenges were overcome. The team of developers at Google hopes CloudCourse to become a sort of poster child for App Engine.

But what can CloudCourse do? According to the developers:

Built entirely on App Engine, CloudCourse allows anyone to create and track learning activities. CloudCourse also offers calendaring, waitlist management and approval features.

CloudCourse is fully integrated with Google Calendar and can be further customized for your organization with the following service provider interfaces (replaceable components):

  • Sync service – to sync CloudCourse data with your internal systems
  • Room info service – to schedule classes in your locations
  • User info service – to look up user profile (employee title, picture, etc)

The technologies used to develop CloudCourse are: App Engine, Django, Python and the Closure Javascript library. According to the team that developed it: should be a breeze to install…

Let me know (in the comments here) what your experience is like if you do try to use ClourCourse.

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New Google Docs Features

Google Docs keeps getting better as developers focus even more in real-time collaboration and in creating a more robust set of features.

This document explains how to unleash some new features on Google Documents (before they are rolled out to everyone by default).

Here are the set of features that were added and how to activate them (directly quoted from their website):

  • Real time collaboration: See updates from other collaborators as they edit the document.
  • Higher-quality imports: More consistent imports from your desktop into Google Docs.
  • Chat with other collaborators: As you make your edits, you can chat with other document editors about the changes, from within the document.
  • Ruler: Google documents have a ruler for setting margins, indentations, and tab stops.

If you’d like to try out these features and start creating documents using the new version of Google documents, just follow these steps:

  1. Click the Settings link in the top-right of your Docs list.
  2. Click the Editing tab.
  3. Select the option labeled “Create new text documents using the latest version of the document editor.”

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