Two years and counting at Google

Paul Kinlan

As of February 1st I have been at Google for two years! Yay!  It has been an amazing time and I am truly honored to work for such a company.

A year ago (+1 week) I wrote about my first year experiences, it was pretty crazy in my first year, not only did the scale of the work hit me overwhelm me, but so did the sheer number of excellent engineers and colleagues.  My overall feeling was one of awe.

My second year has taken that to the next level again!

One of the highlights of the year was that I got to speak at Google IO - Mobile Web App development: Zero to Hero, where myself and Mike Mahemoff (with the help of Eric Bidelman and Boris Smus) built an app that worked across 5 different form factors using one code base - the awesome thing about this is that we built LeviRoutes (a url routing framework) and FormfactorJS (a form factor detection library).

I got to travel a lot too - I am trying to count all the countries that I have been too; it is a lot - USA, France, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic.  Whilst I was traveling I did a lot of presentations which is a really good way to meet people that I wouldn't normally get the chance to meet. I also managed to get completely misquoted on TechCrunch too - I say misquoted, I didn't even say the words that they attributed to me.

The biggest thing for me was that Web Intents became a real living and breathing project and first native implementations have landed in Chrome, it has changed a lot since my first announcement late in 2010.  This is a huge change for users of the web and I am immensely proud to be working on the project and with some amazingly talented engineers (James Hawkins, Greg Billock, Rachel Blum, Ben Smith and many others) and helping to define the specifications.  We have big goals for Web Intents so stay tuned.

One of my resolutions last year was to be in Liverpool a little more and I managed to do that, it turns out that I unwittingly pre-announced another project (that I honestly had no idea was about to launch) I am glad it happened though, there are a huge swath of developers in the UK that are outside London and I don't think anyone reaches them properly and this gives me a chance to work with them.

So.  What is happening in the year to come?  It is hard to say, there are a lot of cool things happening, but I know two things for sure: we will keep working on making sure users' experience of the web is improved through technologies such as Web Intents and we will keep working with developers to build awesome sites and applications on the web and prove that the web is our future.

On to my third year! 

Paul Kinlan

Trying to make the web and developers better.

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