Linked by snydeq on Mon 8th Aug 2011 22:14 UTC
Google InfoWorld's Neil McAllister questions whether slowing product development, legal woes, and rising bureaucracy will signal trying times ahead for Google. "With Google's rapid growth have come new challenges. It faces intense competition in all of its major markets, even as it enters new ones. Its newer initiatives have often struggled to reach profitability. It must answer multiple ongoing legal challenges, to say nothing of antitrust probes in the United States and Europe. Privacy advocates accuse it of running roughshod over individual rights. As a result, it's becoming more cautious and risk-averse. But worst of all, as it grows ever larger and more cumbersome, it may be losing its appeal to the highly educated, impassioned workers that power its internal knowledge economy." Note from Thom: Are Apple's Microsoft's Google's days behind it? I don't think you can call yourself a technology giant without a '[...] is dying'-article.
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by arbour42 on Tue 9th Aug 2011 01:23 UTC
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As far as Google's programming tools, they've been pretty much a dud.

I studied GWT a great deal when it came out, but it was poor (to be kind). It didn't even have any data bindings until about 4 years into the project, so it was practically useless for creating database front-ends. Other Javascript frameworks had bindings baked in, like Sproutcore, and Cappuccino.

For a company betting so much on Javascript and unable to produce even a half-decent Javascript IDE and Framework (this includes Closure, too), it's a vast disappointment. (I make the same criticism of Apple too. Sproutcore is hardly a footnote in their offerings.)

Google Wave was also a high-profile bust. So a lot of their luster has worn off, and I look askew automatically at most of their offerings. The Android framework is another unwieldy, Java mess.

I've thought that they should have bought a real Framework team like the old Borland Delphi Team - guys who knew how to make visual component libraries and IDEs. The Delphi team could have been had for only $20 million, and their might actually be a decent Javascript framework now.

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