To celebrate the 176th birthday of the Mark Twain (or, Samuel Langhorne Clemens') today, Google is running a special doodle evoking one the most famous scenes from one of Twain's most famous novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
"As a child, Twain lived in Hannibal, Missouri, a town on the Mississippi River, in the early to mid-1800s. Twain describes one of his first jobs as a "printer's 'devil'" - an apprentice at his uncle's newspaper, the Weekly Hannibal Journal. "500 subscribers, and they paid in cord-wood, cabbages, and unmarketable turnips," he recalls of the experience later in his short-lived column "Memoranda" (circa 1871) for The Galaxy magazine."
In other Google news, Google has announced "Au-to-do," a sample application built using Google APIs.
"Au-to-do is a sample implementation of a ticket tracker, built using a combination of Google App Engine, Google Cloud Storage, and Google Prediction APIs, that developers can download and dissect," revealed Dan Holevoet, Google Developer Relations team.
"In addition to providing a demonstration of the power of building on Google App Engine, 'Au-to-do' also provides an example of improving the user experience by integrating with Google Apps."
"Users of Au-to-do can automatically have tasks created using the Google Tasks API whenever they are assigned a ticket. These tasks have a deep link back to the ticket in Au-to-do. This helps users maintain a single todo list, using a tool that's already part of the Google Apps workflow," revealed Holevoet.
Au-to-do currently uses the following APIs and technologies:
- Google App Engine (with the Python runtime, Datastore API, and Task Queues API)
- Google Cloud Storage
- Google Prediction API
- Google Tasks API
- OAuth 2.0
By the way, if you're wondering how to pronounce Au-to-do, you can say "auto-do" or "ought-to-do" -- either is correct.