A little over a year ago, Google released a new product called Google Fusion Tables. Fusion Tables allows you to upload, merge, share, and visualize large tables of tabular data. Basically, we wanted to answer the question “I have a spreadsheet. I want to share it with people and create a map/bar chart/storyline/other visualization.” Google Spreadsheets, while powerful, couldn’t handle the 100 meg upload we allow for Fusion Tables. And, being Google, we also provided something for developers.
Developers have consumed APIs as a matter of practice for some time now. It's second nature. But the flip side--creating an API--is not performed with the same regularity. To some extent, this is changing as more developers become both consumers and providers of APIs. Below you'll find some tools and services that make the process of creating an API much simpler.