GTUG TLV, is a new group dealing with web development and particularly Google technologies (and there are quite a bit). The group is a local Israeli chapter of the global GTUG initiative, it was founded and lead by Omri Baumer, CTO of SBSH (Mobile development company). You can join the group online discussions or check out the global GTUG YouTube channel to watch videos from other GTUGs around the world. The group is open for all Israeli developers interested in web dev.
The first meetup took place at the Google office in Tel Aviv – from the 26th floor on Begin street, their office have the best view on Tel Aviv. – If you’re looking for a great place to work and you think you’ve got what it takes to be a Googler, be sure to check out the various job openings at Google Israel.
4 speakers and topics. Each had about 30 minutes to discuss an interesting technology or approach (Click on the presentation name to see it).
Zohar posted a personal article about accessible web development, would be very interesting to hear him talk about that… (An idea for the next GTUG TLV meeting?).
Android 101 by Dror Shalev – CTO at Droid Security, a great speaker with strong presence. It might be that it was just the perfect timing for this lecture as I recently started programming my Nexus One cause this talk was certainly the tipping point of the evening; It featured Android from the perspective of an experienced developer, providing enough information to get started and much desire to investigate more. The talk was interesting and fun, very informative.
Check out Dror’s site for a ton of cool security related knowledge (see creating a toaster that will take over you lan). If you have an Android device – be sure to check out Droid Security, an antivirus / protection application for Android.
Django AppEngine Based Platform Building Sites by Alon Burg – Formerly with MetaCafe and today at Boxee, Alon brings a broad experience with rich applications. This talk was show casing 9folds.com as a usecase of building solutions based on AppEngine using Django. 9folds is a concept similar to Wix.com where the system provide an easy to use and extend set of tools to create your website / online portfolio without the need to be a programmer or write code. Alon also discussed some best-practices when working with AppEngine and also revealed parts of 9folds backend. I really liked the feature Alon created into 9folds that enables developers to use Git and automatically sync it to their 9folds website – an approach that (in contrast to Wix) provide developers with the ability to extend 9folds and create their own website templates. 9folds pose an advantage over Wix that had yet opened APIs and outputting Flash instead of html and js, however, is still very premature in comparison.
I’ve asked Omri a few questions about GTUG TLV and his plans for its future –
Q: Why did you decide to open GTUG TLV and what are its goals?
A: I have always been interested in Google’s developer technology, and I was looking for a place where I can meet other people who feel the same and learn how to implement those technologies. Then I saw GTUGS.org, and saw that Israel still doesn’t have a GTUG chapter, so I decided to open one.
The goals are to have nice events, where people can learn about new Google tech for developers, enjoy meeting new people, and share the problems that people encounter.
Q: What plans or ideas you have for GTUG TLV future?
A: The plan is to have an event from time to time, and have talks and hackathons, the next even will probably host a couple of talks and a Chrome extension hackathon.
Q: Is the group funded / supported by Google?
A: The group is not funded by Google, but Google is Highly supportive of GTUG and help out with logistics.
Q: Can anyone join?
A: The GTUG community is an Open developer community, so Yes! any developer interested in Google Technologies for developers can join.
Q: How can others help?
A: If you would like to help me with more events, contact me at omri@NOSPAMgtugs.org
All in all – the first GTUG TLV was great fun. To meet everyone, the PyWeb-IL group, individuals and speakers. Was also a pleasure meeting Dror Rejwan behind iAndroid, an Israeli Android community site every Android user in Israel should know.
I hope this will be the first of many interesting meetings, promoting and connecting web developers in Israel. Well, I also hope to have joint meetings and collaboration with WebiTalks as the groups have many joint interests.
Thanks to the organizers Omri and Ahik (from PyWeb-IL) and for Google TLV for hosting the meetup.
Some mobile stills (Video is being uploaded…)