Now that I told the story of my hiring process, I can finally talk about what I've been doing in my 12 months at Google.
I spent the first four weeks in Mountain View for training and to meet my team, or at least part of it, as we also have members all over the world, from New York to Zurich, from Hyderabad to Sydney. As expected, I felt like drinking from the firehose with lots of new things and technologies to learn and I was totally overwhelmed at the end of the month when I went to Google I/O, for the first time and as a Googler!
I moved to London right after Google I/O and the first challenge was to find a place to stay. The company helped me and eventually I found a nice small apartment one train stop away from the office, very convenient and very expensive!
I was settled so I had more time to spend on my job and start my first 20% project, something I was looking forward to do since I joined Google. My project was to extend the open-source library called JetS3t to natively support Google Storage for Developers, which was announced only a few weeks earlier at Google I/O.
That was my first 20% project, my main job was (and still is) to empower developers that want to use the Google Apps APIs. In order to do so, I write code for the client libraries in many languages, interact with the community on forums, support customers with their coding questions or present at public event on Google technologies.
In September I went to Madrid to present at the DevFest, then in October I did the same in Munich, Moscow and Prague for the Google Developer Days and at the end of November I presented at the Dublin GTUG.
While not flying around to meet external developers, I was spending more and more time coding and I eventually found myself leading the Google API Client Library for .NET project (yes, we do .NET development at Google!).
Fast forward to the new year, which started with two trips to Mountain View to meet my team and plan the new activities, including the super-secret projects you are hoping to read about and that I'm not going to disclose!