Don't Freak Out: Your Favorite Google API Probably Isn't Going Away

Adam DuVander
Apr. 20 2012, 02:02PM EDT

A quick glance at the latest API house-cleaning from Google might lead you to believe they're discontinuing some of their most popular APIs. The changes to the Google App Engine API and YouTube API, among others, are likely just formalities of moving to a single terms of service. However, there are some APIs marked for deletion by the search giant, including the popular Google Chart API.

The post explains the changes to some of Google's most popular APIs:

Google App Engine, Google Maps/Earth APIs and YouTube API will wind down their current 3-year deprecation policy and will transition to the one-year policy in April 2014. Google Cloud Storage keeps its current one-year policy. To be very clear, we are not deprecating the APIs themselves.

The good news: all these APIs are around today. Bad news: you only get a one year warning now. Of course, that doesn't take effect until a year from now.

For a handful of other APIs, Google removed the deprecation policy completely. That means no notice will be required to discontinue the services. However, most of these don't take effect for three years.

An API that Google did announce is going away is Google Charts. The Google Visualization API, the interactive version of Charts, remains. In addition, Google Moderator API has been deprecated.

Adam DuVander -- Adam heads developer relations at Orchestrate, a database-as-a-service company. He's spent many years analyzing APIs and developer tools. Previously he worked at SendGrid, edited ProgrammableWeb and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101.

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It looks like only the "Image Charts" and "Infographics" portions of the Charts API are going away. Or am I reading the notice wrong? (i.e. the two that generate static images via a URL)