September 16, 2011

First Google+ APIs launched for developers

by Kerry Butters

Google have launched the first of their Google+ APIs in order for developers to build apps that “include rich sharing, identity and conversations”.

The release is focused on “public data only” and enables devs to get profile information by sending a HTTP request via the “people.get” method.

This can also be used to get most recent posts when a G+ user is running a devs app, which must first be registered with Google. If a user is running an app for the first time then the developer can use the different “plus.me” scope to ask them who they are.

Google say they are using “existing standards and best practices” wherever they can as they “love the way the programmable web has evolved”.

There is also a language library available so that devs can easily access codes for their favourite programming language such as Java, GWT, Python, Ruby, PHP, Objective-C and .NET.

The search engine company say that the libraries are all open source in order for devs to give feedback and obtain assistance.

Interested developers can find out more at the Google Developers site, which can also be used to discuss ideas and problems with other devs and where tools can be found to make development more straightforward.

Announcements about the next releases will also be put up on the site as they become available.

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