Google + Atom

22 03 2007

atom-logo75px.gifGoogle Data APIs (Beta) Developer’s Guide: “The Google data APIs (‘GData’ for short) provide a simple standard protocol for reading and writing data on the web.

GData uses either of two standard XML-based syndication formats: Atom or RSS. It also has a feed-publishing system that consists of the Atom publishing protocol plus some extensions (using Atom’s standard extension model) for handling queries.

Each of the following Google services provides a Google data API:

  • Google Apps Provisioning
  • Google Base
  • Blogger
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Code Search
  • Google Notebook
  • Google Spreadsheets
  • Picasa Web Albums”

As DeWitt Clinton wrote on the atom-protocol mailing list:

What never ceases to amaze me is that APP was applicable in so many cases. A true testament to the power of the protocol.

It’s indeed noteworthy the amount of buy-in and mindshare the Atom Publishing Protocol has gained in such a short time. And it hasn’t even reached RFC status yet.

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