Google Cloud Developer Challenge 2013 – Lessons Learnt

I have submitted one entry-“FastMerge” for the Google cloud developer challenge 2013; but couldn’t make it to the semi finalists. It was a good experience in participating in this contest. Get to know new technologies and new techies.

I get to know lot of great features of Google Cloud, especially the javascript support provided to integrate various Google services. I have able to integrate Gmail, Google Drive and Google App Script into my HTML5 based web application through powerful javascript APIs. I will be blogging about each feature separately.

But the feedback received from the judges are disappointing. There are two feedbacks, one is fully supporting the applications and the other is fully against the application. First feedback specified about the strength of the application and recommended to improve the UX design.

Second judge was not able to test the application and reported lots of issues. Why one judge is not able to test the application? How come a person judge the application without testing the same? Lot more questions. Taken lot of time to digest the comments.

Following lessons will be helpful for HTML5 developers, who are planning to participate in future GCDC

Lesson 1: FastMerge is developed fully on HTML5, which is not supported by all browsers.

Lesson 2: Even though it is explicitly specified in the submission form, judges may not tested it using Google Chrome

Lesson 3: Good to specify the browser compatibility (test using Google Chrome) and the steps to test or the features in Home page itself.

Hope, I will be able to incorporate the learning’s in next GCDC. One more thing observed is, another application (makemymails) with the same concept got selected to semi-final. Best wishes to makemymails team.

Refer FastMerge : http://gcdc2013-fastmerge.appspot.com/

#gcdc , #gcdc2013

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About ambilykk

I am a Technology Evangelist on Microsoft Technologies. I am carrying the passion on Microsoft technologies specifically on web technologies such as ASP .Net and Ajax. My interests also include Azure and Visual Studio. Technology adoption and learning is my key strength and technology sharing is my passion.
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