Google Chrome Store Opens New Possibilities for Programmers

by Jon


The opening of Google’s Chrome store in October means new avenues for revenue

Etherfleet reports that Google is set to launch an online Chrome app store in October and that developers will be able to write and sell Chrome apps there ala Apple iTunes app store. Programmers will receive the bulk of the revenue, but Google will take their cut. Google needs entrepreneurial hackers to code apps to help build up the community and help make them money. You can view a demo of the Chrome Web Store on Youtube.

Programming Differences between Chrome Browser and Chrome OS

Because Google’s Chrome store will serve and sell both Chrome browser and Chrome OS apps, I thought I’d take a minute to discuss the differences in how each is coded, but for those who want to dive in, here is the link to the Chrome Developers Guide.

Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine and application framework. In September 2008, Google released a large portion of Chrome’s source code, including its V8 JavaScript engine, as an open source project entitled Chromium. This move enabled third-party developers to study the underlying source code and help port the browser to Mac OS X and Linux. The Google-authored portion of Chromium is released under the permissive BSD license, which allows portions to be incorporated into both open source and closed-source software programs. Other portions of the source code are subject to a variety of open-source licenses. Chromium implements the same feature set as Chrome, but lacks built-in, automatic updates and Google branding.

Chrome OS is the Google version of open source Chromium OS. The difference between Chrome and Chromium is primarily that Chrome is a Google product that OEMs will ship on mobile devices, while Chromium is more of a sandbox. While the code is the same, builds you make yourself should be called Chromium OS. JavaScript APIs used in web applications on Chrome and Chromium OS installations will be the same HTML5 and Open Web Platform APIs that are being deployed in Chrome and Chromium browsers everywhere. You may be able to write apps in Javascript APIs, HTML5, Java, Google Apps Script, the Google Web Toolkit, or the Google App Engine.

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