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How to Build a Node.js App That Consumes the Google Calendar API

This Node.js quick start from Google Developers guides followers through building a simple Node.js command line application that is able to make requests to the Google Calendar API. Accessing the calendar via the API allows developers to implement the power of Google Calendar into many different types of application.

For example, you could use the API to create an app that delivers appointment reminders directly to your customers’ calendar. With access authorized by the user, your application will be able to make requests to the API to automatically update the user’s calendar with the appointment details. The calendar even has the added benefit of push notifications as an alerting system.

The calendar data also offers live updates, so any amendments will reflect on the end user’s calendar as soon as it is updated. This serves as a stronger reminder than standard SMS appointment alerts, and followers of this Node.js quick start could potentially make Google Calendar API calls in around five minutes.

To follow the guide, users are required to have Node.js installed, a Google account with Google Calendar enabled, and the npm package management tool. This simple guide explains how to enable the Google Calendar API, install the client library and set up the sample by copying and pasting the provided code.

Finally, followers are shown the command to run the sample, which will prompt you to authorize access. This authorization info gets stored on the file system, so subsequent executions will not require further authorization to gain access. However, this guide focusses only on a command line application, so consult the Authorizing and Authenticating section for the library’s README to see information on other contexts.

Be sure to read the next Application Development article: How to Build an Events Database Using the ParseHub API, Python & Flask

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