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Google+ Gets An API

Google+ developer advocate Chris Chabot announced that the first Google+ APIs are now available to the public and the complicated matter of circles and their varied level of permissions is an issue to be tackled at a later date. Developers need to register their apps before they can hook up with Google+ and start making calls to public feeds. There are a few different use cases where this could be employed and Google’s left it up to you guys to make it happen and this the only API available for the time being, but Google has mentioned they will be bringing many more Google+ APIs in the near future…………….

 

Google has just opened its Application Programming Interfaces for developers and Chris Chabot, a Google developer advocate, announced “I’m super excited about how the Google+ project brings the richness and nuance of real life sharing to software, and today we’re announcing our first step towards bringing this to your apps as well by launching the Google+ public data APIs.” Chabot continued, “These APIs allow you to retrieve the public profile information and public posts of the Google+ users, and they lay the foundation for us to build on together – Nothing great is ever built in a vacuum so I’m excited to start the conversation about what the Google+ platform should look like.” The Google APIs Client Libraries are available as betas for .NET, Java, PHP, and Python. For those developers are a little braver, they’re also available as alpha code for the Google Web Toolkit, Objective C and Ruby. Chabot wrote, “This initial API release is focused on public data only–it lets you read information that people have shared publicly on Google+.” When you access this data it’s sent to you in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) encoded format. Chabot continued, “Because we’re starting with public data only, you simply need to register your app before making requests. And if you aren’t yet sure which Google+ user is running your app (for example, because they’re installing it for the first time), then you can use the new plus.me OAuth2 [a security protocol that enables users to grant third-party access to their web resources without sharing their passwords]-scope to ask the user who they are.” In addition, Chabot states that “Our API methods are RESTful [REpresentational State Transfer] HTTP requests which return JSON responses.” And, “Our payload formats use standard syntax (e.g. PoCo (Portable Contacts) for people info and ActivityStrea.ms or activities).” For getting started on the Google+ API please visit: Here .

 

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