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Slides from yesterday SFSU talk about Google APIs

March 15th, 2007 · No Comments

Here are the slides from yesterday’s talk at San Francisco State University.
Thanks to Arno Puder for inviting me, it was great discussing with faculties and students. I met with Dragutin Petkovic, Chair of the CS Department at SFSU, who used to be one of Sergey Brin‘s teachers: maybe my future boss was in the room, at least I hope many future colleagues:-)

We had an interesting discussion with Arek Goetz, from the Math department, who’s moving from Latex to Google Docs to create a collaborative environment for his students to work on projects (it seems they’re using the whole shebang of Google Apps: Talk, Mail,…) , and asked good questions about how to include Mathematical formulas in Google Docs. The issue for now is that while Google Spreadsheet has an API, Docs doesn’t, so apart from creating Greasemonkey hacks I don’t see an easy way to extract macros from a docs automatically and replace them with images.
For students who attended yesterday, I posted a list of my favorite programming books: I’d suggest reading a few of these before your interviews at Google.

Thanks for inviting me yesterday, I’d be delighted to come back.

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