Google Developers Expert (GDE) Program Launches; eXo Cloud IDE Adds Support for App Engine Apps

Google's Developer Relations team launched a new "Google Developers Expert (GDE)," program that recognizes and rewards outstanding developers. With the launch of GDE, "the inaugural group includes 26 honorees with deep technical expertise in specific areas who are major contributors to the developer community," Google posted."The status of Google Developers Expert is awarded yearly to […]

Google Developers Expert (GDE)

Google's Developer Relations team launched a new "Google Developers Expert (GDE)," program that recognizes and rewards outstanding developers. With the launch of GDE, "the inaugural group includes 26 honorees with deep technical expertise in specific areas who are major contributors to the developer community," Google posted.

"The status of Google Developers Expert is awarded yearly to experts who contribute to the communities around Android, Cloud, HTML5, Chrome, and Google Maps," Google adds.

"Members of the program develop close connections to the respective Google product team, gain early access to developer releases, and are invited to an annual summit at Google headquarters."

In addition, members are authorized to use a domain-specific badge which links to their member directory listing for use in promoting their services.

Google Developers Expert (GDE) Badge

"All of the Experts listed in the member directory provide a link to their Google+ accounts so you can add them to your circles and follow their latest news. Service to the developer community is an important criterion for selection in this program, so you can find members answering questions on developer forums such as Stack Overflow or speaking at technical conferences," Google said.

To become a member, send your name, email, country of residence, area of expertise, and how you contribute to the developer community to gde-nomination@google.com.

"Candidates are nominated by members of the Google Developer Relations team and a committee approves a small number each year."

You can learn more about the GDE program at the official program page here.

eXo Cloud IDE Now support Google App Engine Apps

In other Google developers news, eXo, creator of the "Cloud IDE," an online IDE for Java, Python, PHP, Ruby or Javascript, for developers to build applications for a number of PaaS environments -- recently added support for deploying code to Google App Engine.

"Developers can now use Cloud IDE to build, debug and deploy App Engine apps without having to install and configure the App Engine SDK or any traditional desktop IDE. Everything happens right in the browser," posted Mark Downey of eXo.

"With eXo Cloud IDE, you can run, debug and deploy App Engine apps without having to install and configure the App Engine SDK or the Google Plugin for Eclipse (or, for that matter, Eclipse itself). Because everything related to your development activities is taking place on the Cloud IDE servers, your initial setup time is dramatically reduced. In a couple minutes you can be focusing on the things that matter most: coding and refining the app itself," explains Downey.