Google+ API Launch Pushed Back
Nothing lets a developer dig deep into a platform’s inner-workings like the API (Applications Programming Interface), and one of the most anticipated APIs is that of Google+. The third party apps that will be built are sure to be a sight to see, but rumors have it that the much anticipated launch might be pushed back.
The time frame for launch is said to be vague and even one of Google’s own developers hinted this fact. Speculation is rife as to why the API isn’t live but the curious would do well to bear in mind that Google+ itself is still in beta. Launching an API on a platform that is still unproven could effectively create a litany of problems. Add to this the complexity of keeping the API clean of spam and other underhanded elements, and it becomes clear why delay may be the prudent option.
Of course, for the thousands of eager developers this news will be very bad indeed. But for those who can’t wait, there are ‘options’ available that lets developers tinker with some aspects of Google+. There’s an unofficial Google API available on Github, and some savvy developers have even created a Java Object that lets people tinker with things like profile details etc.
Developers are being urged to be ‘patient’. Given the scope and potential of Google+, it simply makes sense; rushing out an API would perhaps only damage the credibility of Google+ itself. After all, users who interact via an API don’t blame the third party developer, they blame the platform.
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