Ed Crewe, IT Services R&D - University of Bristol, UK
Google Apps provides a range of large scale targeted CMS solutions, via Google Docs, Blogger, Sites, YouTube, Picasa, Circles, Calendar etc. that enable collaborative content creation. App Engine, whilst not designed to act as a CMS itself - is ideal as a rapid application development / deployment environment (on to a global infrastucture) - to knit together these CMS components to provide custom website or web application solutions powered by Apps.
This talk runs through the basics of App Engine and how it can leverage Apps to create bespoke solutions - an example personal website. This is followed by a brief outline of Google’s RESTful data APIs and protocol standards for integration of its 50 or so Apps. Finally a quick look at the site, which I rather hastily threw together a year ago, to trial this approach! The idea behind it was to test the water that perhaps bespoke CMS software - especially locally hosted - is becoming an outdated approach. Most CMS features are available from cloud hosted provider’s components, can such cloud mash ups provide as customised and integrated, a user experience - at a lower cost?