OpenSocial community defines version 0.9

Friday, April 17, 2009 at 12:20:00 PM

A new version of the OpenSocial Specification hit the presses yesterday -- packed full of new features to make writing, testing, and maintaining apps much easier. From a streamlined JavaScript API, to a more efficient way to communicate between the app and your server, many of the OpenSocial v0.9 updates aim to make coding and rendering apps blazing fast.

If you're not familiar with the specification process, here's how OpenSocial evolves from one version to the next:

  • New ideas are proposed and discussed on the spec list (which anyone can contribute to).
  • Proposals that are selected by the community are prototyped to flesh out the details.
  • After a vote, the new version of the spec is published.
  • Containers implement support for the new spec.
  • App developers start using the new features.
Luckily, many of the prototypes for these new features were implemented in Apache Shindig, so they'll be coming to a container near you in short order. Keep an eye on your favorite container's blog for announcements (like this one) about when v0.9 features will be ready for you to check out.

Many of the folks who contributed to OpenSocial v0.9 will be at Google I/O in San Francisco on May 27-28. We love to talk about this stuff, so check out the Google I/O site to sign up and join us.

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