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Search & AdWords API Engineer, Bids Google A Final Farewell

Nelson Minar, one of the main shakers and movers behind Google's Web APIs has officially announced on his blog that he's leaving Google after 5 years with the Internet Giant. Based out of the Googleplex in San Francisco, Nelson built the Search & AdWords APIs while tweaking around with other interesting stuff like a bunch of Java webapp work, object-relational mappings and servlet infrastucture.

In his blog, Minar wrote:

"Today's my last day as an employee of Google. It feels a bit strange leaving such a great and productive company. But I'm ready to do something new with a smaller group of people. I particularly enjoyed being able to meddle and consult on various products as they were being born. "

Prior to joining Google in 2001, Nelson used to be a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab Software Agents Group where one of the open source projects he created was a distributed agent architecture for building decentralized applications out of ecologies of mobile agents, later code-named as Hive.

Nelson made some outstanding progress with the AdWords API, because his goal was to make simple function calls work so that API doesn’t require developers to know XML. And he sure did get there! Nelson who was also the co-founder of Popular Power, a distributed computing company and a research programmer at the Santa Fe Institute before Google, doesn't reveal what he'll be working on next but does mention that he's moving to France in the fall of this year. Probably some place in SouthWest France? But then I'm just giving a wild guess :-)

Here's to wishing Nelson good luck with his upcoming venture & we might be hearing from him soon in the near future! ;-)

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April 11, 2006 - Posted by | APIs, Googler

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