Google Lets You Get The Bugs Out With IssueTracker API

Adam DuVander
Mar. 23 2010, 01:03AM EDT

Many Open Source projects host their repositories with Google Code, where anyone can download the source. Now their bugs and feature requests can be just as open, with the read/write IssueTracker API.

You can search and retrieve issues, as well as the comments associated with each entry. In other words, you can make a completely new interface to browse the projects. Perhaps you want to add some meta-data, or apply a point system to encourage community members to claim or fix bugs.

Where the API gets especially powerful is through its ability to write to IssueTracker. Creating new issues programmatically means that bug reporting could be easily built into products or websites. Issues can also be modified, deleted and commented upon from the API (for more technical details see our IssueTracker API profile).

Data Liberation Front

The API is part of Google's Data Liberation Front, which aims to make it easy to get out the data that you put in. There are currently 25 Google services listed as liberated.

Adam DuVander Hi! I'm Developer Communications Director for SendGrid and former Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb. I currently serve as a Contributing Editor. If you have API news, or are interested in writing for ProgrammableWeb, please contact editor@programmableweb.com Though I'm a fan of anything API-related, my particular interest is in mapping. I've published a how-to book, Map Scripting 101, to get anyone started making maps on websites. In a not-so-distant past life I wrote for Wired and Webmonkey.

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