Google Opening up to Developers: From 3 to 40 APIs in 2 years
In the past 2 years Google has gone from offering 3 SOAP APIs to its core services, Ads and Search, to more than 40 APIs using various technologies (REST, Ajax, Java) and covering a wide array of developer needs, with 2 main themes: giving developers programmatic access to Google services, and making the web better through standards and open source offerings (GWT, Gears). In 2007 Google started cooperating with other industry players to create new standard platforms in areas where they were needed: OpenSocial for social applications and Android for Mobile. During these 2 years Google has grown a team dedicated to developer relations.
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