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Can you hear the collective developer community saying "finally?" After less than three months, Google has made an initial version of a Google Plus API available for developers. The service can access public information on people and the activities the user's have chosen to post publicly, as opposed to a specific circle. In July we asked Is Google Plus Intentionally Late? Google said it wanted to learn how developers will use the service before providing an API. This is likely only the very first version of a Google Plus API.
APIs are now an integral part of any product offering. Developers have continuously pushed the envelope in terms of the features that they want from APIs and API companies have responded from time to time, paying attention to design, reducing the amount of response data and also using performance tuning tools for APIs. In the light of that, Google expanded a feature that it introduced a year back: partial responses and updates.
To support the demand for better API documentation, Mashery, a provider of API management and strategy services, launched a new set of API documentation tools. The new feature is a combination of API documentation and an API explorer, allowing developers to make requests on an API inline while browsing the API reference materials.
The Google APIs Discovery API is an innovative API description service that helps make sense of Google APIs. Anyone using this meta-API can find other Google APIs and see the options available from those APIs. And thanks to this new API, ProgrammableWeb has now added "Try It" functionality to several Google API profiles in our directory. Using Google's Discovery API, we automatically retrive resources and methods from Google, with form fields created to accept input. Without leaving ProgrammableWeb, you can now check out select Google APIs like the Google Translate API.
The number of services Google makes available via API has expanded rapidly. We currently list over 80 Google APIs. To deal with the responsibility of supporting that many APIs, the company has spent the last year moving many services to a new architecture. As part of that process, it created the Google APIs Discovery API, to help both internal and external developers make sense of what's available and how each service is accessed.