Getting Started With Google APIs – Round Up of Google Interactive API Explorers

The official Google Code blog a announced a Google APIs Explorer earlier today that allows you to experiment with a variety of Google APIs – Google API Explorer.

Currently supported APIs include:

– Buzz API
– Custom Search API
– Diacritize API
– Moderator API
– Shopping API
– Translate API
– URLShortener API

though you have to assume that more will be added as and when…

The API Explorer provides a quick way of checking API calls, as well as generating RESTful calls to the corresponding API (simply grab the GET request URL that is generated).

If your favourite API isn’t supported by the explorer, fear not, because there are several other interactive explorers for Google APIs and services around…

First up, the Google Analytics API Explorer (aka the Google Analytics Data Feed Query Explorer).

Then there’s the Google AJAX APIs Code Playground that lets you explore all manner of Google APIs in an interactive fashion (including the Google visualisation API, maps and Google Earth APIs, search APIs etc etc):

If it’s charts you want to experiment with, try out the Chart Tools Live Chart Playground (aka the old Chart API):

Any more that I’ve missed?

Author: Tony Hirst

I'm a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, with an interest in #opendata policy and practice, as well as general web tinkering...

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