One of the great parts of working at Google is that every day there are tech talks that I really want to listen too. More than I can spend the time to actually see.
Last week I talked about Philip Wadler of Monad / Generics / general functional fame. Yesterday, Linus showed us his strong opinions. Next week, G. LaForge is in to chat about Groovy. This is a strong subset of the great talks.
We record these talks, and place them on Google Video for anyone to see. This is great content, and most don’t know it exists.
I wanted to build a nicer landing page for the tech talks, and built it entirely with the AJAX Search API.
The following is a mockup of what this can look like. If we launch it on Google Code it will have to be white, but I was having a black day:
There is a common misconception that the AJAX Search APIs are these widgets that you put on a page. In fact, the APIs give a full set of building blocks from the low level searchers such as GvideoSearch, to controls that wrap the searchers such as GSvideoSearchControl, and finally to wizards that will generate widgets for you.
Until I dove deep into the APIs I had no idea how much you could do, and it is fun to come up with use cases that allow me to build on top of them. You will see in this example that I have full control on the layout itself, and you do too.