Google announces availability Gmail Chat

Today, Google announced Gmail Chat, the first integration of email and instant messaging in the browser that offers users a seamless communications experience.

Gmail Chat enables Gmail users to quickly and easily reach their contacts from directly gmail
within their existing Gmail account.

This new offering solves some of the current frustrations with communications, whereby users must choose between different email or IM applications.

With Gmail Chat, there’s nothing to download and no new contact lists to build. When users see their existing contacts online, they can either send email or chat instantly.

Additionally, Gmail Chat breaks down the arbitrary difference between emails and chats. When chats are saved, they appear as email messages in Gmail, making it easier for users to access and search over important information from their conversations.

Key features of Gmail Chat include:

Quick Contacts: Located on the left side of users’ Gmail screens, the Quick Contacts list automatically displays the people they communicate with most frequently.

From the Quick Contacts list, users are now one click away from starting an email or chat or viewing recent conversations with a contact.

Online presence and status: Users can easily see which contacts are online and available to chat, denoted by a colored icon next to each contact’s name.

They can also set their own status message for others to see.

Chat history: Users can choose to automatically save chats in their Gmail account, where the chat history is formatted and saved the same as an email conversation.

Chats can be easily viewed, searched, forwarded, printed or deleted. Users may also “Reply” to a chat, which sends an email message to the person with whom they were chatting.

Chatting off the record: Users can “go off the record” so that a given chat conversation will not be automatically saved in Gmail, by either party.

Google Talk synchronization: Users’ Quick Contacts lists sync with their Google Talk Friends list (although the Google Talk download is still needed for free voice calling).

No download needed: Innovative AJAX technology enables instant messaging directly in the browser, which means users can chat with their friends anywhere they have Internet access.

The launch of Gmail Chat begins today, and all Gmail users worldwide will have access to Gmail Chat in the coming weeks, further increasing the size of the Google Talk network and broadening the reach of the open standards-based instant messaging community by millions of people.

More information about Gmail Chat can be found at Gmail Home Page.

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Source : Google

Web 2.0 Logos and Links

udwig Gatzke has created a huge image of Web 2.0 Logos. The image can be found on his Flickr account here.Steve Rubel, of Micro Persuasion,
plays a little game called ââ?¬â?? Guess Who Flops ââ?¬â?? where he asks vistors to guess which of these Web 2.0 companies will end up crashing.

In this site you�ll find a link to each company in the picture:


Sun Tech Days – Day 1

Day 1 was pretty much a surprise..

i had to take a bus ride to a venue which i had never seen before.. i took my id

card and notebook and left home early having no idea what the conference

would be like.Registrations were between 7 and 9 .. i reached there at abt 8. i

got my id card scanned and got the itenary and stuff.. There was supposed to

be a Concert in the evening.. ( Drum Maestro Sivamani and Ghatam Maestro Vikku Vinayakaram along with Mandolin Rajesh )

We had our morning coffee and biscuits and then moved on to the show .

We took our seats in the main audi and we were shown some videos and ppts on Java and Sun.

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Matt Thompson spoke for a while and then the show was taken over by Kiran Karnik of NASSCOMM and Laura Merling of SD Forum.

Then we did not have the so called break.. Then i moved to

Track2 :Java EE and Web 2.0 Programming using the Blueprints .

Here i got to meet the speaker Mr. Sridhar Reddy,Technology Evanagelist .. We did some chit chat on AJAX and I promised him to attend the AJAX session later in the day

varun and sridhar reddy

Then came Java and .NET interoperability using Web Services.

Lunch followed this



after lunch came the keynote by Laurie Tolson & Karen.

Tegan Padir.
keynote on java ee and java se

After this i went to the wrong track Persistence Techniques for Java SE and Javaââ??¢ EE Applications using EJB 3.0. I have no idea what EJB is, so it found some sleep in this session .. he he ..

Next was

Web-tier Programming Codecamp I : Java Server Faces .

Java Server Faces is a very new trend in Web Server Programming. The power

of Sun studio creator in creating Java Server Faces was shown. It was a very

cool session ..The next session was

Web-tier Programming Codecamp II : AJAX.

sridhar reddy

AJAX is a relatively new technlogy being used too widely these days .. i have worked on small AJAX projects… So was very interested in the name and technology.. I grabbed my seat in he front rows for this session as the speaker seemed to interest me a lot.

sridhar reddy

The speaker elaborately explained AJAX in and out using Adaptive Paths whitepaper on AJAX…

I was so engrossed in the discussions that i forgot about the concert that was at 7 pm…I was talking to all AJAX savvy people in the crowd who had thronged the speaker with questions..

Suddenly i realised tat it was time for the concert and rushed towards it …

On the way i had to give the survey form to get my Sun Tech Days Strolley

bag…wow .. i was right in time for the concert … i got to stand near the dias


… Man i almost went deaf.. The music was so loud and fast.. Everyone enjoyed

it for sure. People enjoyed the concert much more than anything on that day 😛

The concert went on for about 1 hour upto 8 approx… After the concert it was

time to catch the bus back home.. and get back here for another set of

sessions tomorrow .. What a great day it was… I am dead tired.

Thanks to Balakumar .M for most of the photos

Sun Tech Days a brief summary.

I had been to Sun Tech Days for 3 days. The event was held in Chennai trade Centre ,N

The conference was held for 3 days on 7th ,8th and 9th of this month.

The 3rd day was a bonus day called “Netbeans” and “Solaris Day”

Netbeans is the IDE from Sun for development and Solaris is their OS powering their Servers like Ultra SPARC.

Sun has also open sourced a version of solaris and called it Open Solaris.

Lets get on with my story.

It was the first time i was attending a conference of this magnitude. The sponsors of the conference were Sun , AMD, Oracle, Forum Nokia, SAP etc…

The event was being managed by Sercon. It was a great job done by them.

The turnout was more than expected.. About 3000 people supposedly.. Most of them – developers in chennai software concerns. A huge bunch of the attendees were Part time developers and students like me .

The food was managed by ITC park sheraton. Long queues but they were handled perfectly.

A decent crowd also no mishaps..

PHPit – Totally PHP Ã?» An introduction to XML-RPC in PHP

Hereââ?¬â?¢s an excellent article from Dennis Pallett at PHPit on how to implement an XMLRPC server and client using PHP.ââ?¬Å?XMLRPC web services are commonly included with blogging tools (such as WordPress) and content management systems, but many other websites benefit from having a public web service, especially web sites that serve data, for example a weather website.

Although PHP comes with inbuilt XMLRPC functionality, we won�t be using it in this tutorial, and instead we�ll opt for the excellent XMLRPC Library by Simon Willison, available at This library includes both the ability to create a XMLRPC server and client, which is exactly what we need.�

Link: PHPit – Totally PHP Ã?» An introduction to XMLRPC in PHP

Thanks to for his great blog posts