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Google Summer of Code 2012 Kicked Off; Google Test Revised Version of Black Nav Bar and More

Google Summer of Code 2012 LaunchedAt the FOSDEM, Google Summer of Code 2012 was announced. “This is the 8th year for Google Summer of Code, an innovative program dedicated to introducing students from colleges and universities around the world to open source software development.”

Those who are not aware, “Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects with the help of mentoring organizations from all around the globe. Over the past seven years Google Summer of Code has had 6,000 students from over 90 countries complete the program. Our goal is to help these students pursue academic challenges over the summer break while they create and release open source code for the benefit of all.”

For more information, visit the official Google Summer of Code 2012 website, check out the timeline along with the FAQs.

In the video below, Google Open Source Programs Manager Chris DiBona discusses Google Summer of Code with colleague Jeremy Allison:

Google is currenlty running a test of a slightly updated version of the old navigation bar that was replaced with the new black navigation. The updated old nav bar now uses the services from the new UI, more spacing and a different color scheme.

Google Tets New Version of Black Navigation Bar
Google tests revised version of Old Black Navigation bar

If you want to try out the latest Google experiment — just open Google.com in your Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer browsers, and load:

  • Chrome’s JavaScript console (Ctrl+Shift+J)
  • Firefox’s Web Console (Ctrl+Shift+K)
  • Safari’s Web Inspector (see the video embedded under this post)|

    “If you’re a web developer trying to analyse or troubleshoot a web page you’ll be familiar with looking at the HTML source and the CSS stylesheet to figure out how things fit together. But sometimes it’s a mystery as to exactly why that heading is pushed down too low, or that text is black even though you set it to green. And finding all the right bits of HTML and CSS and putting them together can be very hard work. That’s where the Web Inspector can save you time and stress: Control (^) click on the errant text and choose Inspect Element from the contextual menu. A window pane opens up and shows you exactly the correct part of the HTML coding and the CSS rules that are being applied.”

    Here is how to turn on the Develop menu:

    Turn on the Develop menu:

    1. Go to Safari Preferences.
    2. Click on the Advanced tab.
    3. Check the box beside Show Develop menu in menu bar. A new Safari menu item appears, labelled Develop.
    4. Close the Preferences window.
  • or IE’s Developer Tools (press F12 and select the “console” tab)

….and now paste the following code in your browser:

document.cookie="PREF=ID=381502750b6e9119:U=aaee74aefea7315a:FF=0:LD=en:CR=2:TM=1328391998:LM=1328392000:S=yPtlCgLbEnezu5b4; path=/; domain=.google.com";window.location.reload();

Then press Enter and close the console. If you’re not in the US and you’re using a different Google domain, replace “.google.com” with your domain in the code (for example: “.google.co.uk” in the UK).

If you’d like to go back to the old interface and reset the Google PREF cookie, repeat the same steps, but use the following code:

document.cookie="PREF=; path=/; domain=.google.com";window.location.reload();

Also, Google has not completely abandoned its old navigation bar, and it is still available “if you load google.com in Chrome’s incognito mode, the old interface shows up more often than the new UI.”

Google Groups now has a new light gray theme (something that resembles Google+ design) for you to try. Just click the settings button, click “Themes” and select the “soft gray” theme. This only works in the new Google Groups interface.

A similar theme is also available for Gmail.

Google Groups Adds Light Gray theme

Google Groups Adds New Light Gray Theme

Watch this video to learn to use Safari’s Web Inspector:

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