Google Compute Engine is now Generally Available to Developers. GCE offers Linux Virtual Machines, where you can host your applications, powered by Google’s infrastructure. The service was first announced at I/O 2012 and has seen consistent announcements in terms of features, performance benchmarks, security and a host of network infrastructure capabilities over the year.
Google Cloud Platform is positioning itself as a major player to help mobile developers get off the block fast. While the platform was complete in terms of its Compute Engine (IaaS), App Engine (PaaS) and cloud services (Storage, Big Query, etc), developers still had to do the work of connecting the pieces. If you were a mobile developer who wanted a quick starter application in the Google cloud, you had to figure out the pieces. Similarly, if you were looking to expose your app engine applications as a bunch of REST-based services that would scale to heavy loads and work across multiple mobile devices, you had to work on your application to do so.
There are over 1,000 social APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory. The big names in that list, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Twitter, are also amongst the most popular public APIs overall. Since other API providers look to these leaders for examples in engaging with developers, I thought it would be useful to see how each uses a common communications medium. That’s right, how do the social APIs use social media themselves?
Google Chrome is phasing out all plug-ins based on the Netscape Plug-in API (NPAPI) starting January. NPAPI has a long and rich history. Developed for Netscape 2 in the late 1990s, NPAPI went on to become a popular cross platform plug-in. It was used by many web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera, Konqueror and Google Chrome.
Google has announced the release a new production version of the Google Visualization API which includes several brand new features including timeline charts, donut charts, map data refresh for geoChart, customizable tick values and labels, and other chart improvements.
Google has announced the launch of the brand new Google Analytics Metadata API which returns the list and attributes of columns (dimensions and metrics) generated from the Google Analytics reporting APIs.
So long as your name isn’t Microsoft, YouTube wants to make it easier for you to develop apps that integrate YouTube videos. On Friday, YouTube significantly increased the allowable quota for its Data API. The move comes one week after the video service blocked Microsoft from relaunching its Windows Phone YouTube app.
For a couple of years at least, Buffer fans have been clamoring for the social media service to integrate with Google+. Why can’t we schedule posts to our Google+ Pages?, they asked. The answer was because Google had not released a Google+ write API yet.
It’s a natural part of the API lifecycle for some to no longer be available. According to the ProgrammableWeb directory, about 13% of those that were once alive are now considered “deadpooled.” Of the companies tracked in the directory, Google tops the list with 33 discontinued APIs. However, it also has the most APIs. Percentage-wise, a handful of phone carriers seem most apt to kill APIs.
Of all the companies behind APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory, Google has the most APIs. The company launched its first Google API way back in 2006. The Google Search API was a SOAP and XML-based service to access search results programmatically. How times have changed, yet many Google APIs still use XML — and a growing number have either launched with JSON support or adopted it later.