Seminar on OpenSocial presented by Google – 20 July

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CSI Pune presents
What: Seminar on Google’s OpenSocial platform
When: 6:30pm to 8:30pm, Friday 20th June, 2008
Where: Persistent Systems, “Bhageerath”, SB Road
Who can attend: Free for CSI members, Rs. 100 for others. Registration will be at the venue


Writing Apps for Orkut and Other OpenSocial Containers

The web is better when it’s social

The web is more interesting when you can build apps that easily interact with your friends and colleagues. But with the trend towards more social applications also comes a growing list of site-specific APIs that developers must learn.

OpenSocial defines a common API for social applications across multiple websites. With standard JavaScript and HTML, developers can create apps that access a social network’s friends and update feeds.

Many sites, one API

A common API means you have less to learn to build for multiple websites. OpenSocial is currently being developed by a broad set of members of the web community. The ultimate goal is for any social website to be able to implement the API and host 3rd party social applications. There are many websites implementing OpenSocial, including, Friendster, hi5, Hyves, imeem, LinkedIn, MySpace, Ning, Oracle, orkut, Plaxo,, Six Apart, Tianji, Viadeo, and XING.

Overview of the talk

  • What is OpenSocial?
  • OpenSocial current status
  • Building an OpenSocial Application
  • OpenSocial container
  • What is next for OpenSocial?
  • Where to find the information about OpenSocial?

About the speakers

Rajdeep Dua

Rajdeep is with Google Developer API Evangelism team working on OpenSocial Advocacy. He has around 10 years of experience in Middleware, Web Services and Integration space. Before joining Google he was leading development effort for CSF: Connected Services Framework Initiative in Microsoft India. He has also contributed to JBoss Open source development in the Past.

Rajdeep holds an MBA from IIM Lucknow, India.

Rohit Ghatol

Rohit is part of Google Developer API Evangelism team working on OpenSocial Advocacy and support. He carries around 6 years of experience in Java Enterprise and Web 2.0 technologies space. Before joining Google he was a Project Manager with a firm in Pune working exclusively on Ajax Technogoly.

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