Friday, March 15, 2013

February Meetup: Google Cloud Endpoints, Google+ Sign-In

Gerwin Sturm gave a presentation on Google Cloud Endpoints, a way to create your own REST based APIs running on Google App Engine. You could say just in time as preparation for our App Engine Hackathon in March!
Gerwin also gave a short round-up on the newly announced Google+ Sign-In which was announced only few hours before our meetup. And he mentioned the History API which is now integral part of the Google+ API.
Lars Dɪᴇᴄᴋᴏᴡ gave a talk on REST APIs, the way API discovery is working with Google, the usage (or non-usage) of RFCs, ... He made clear that Cloud Endpoints are actually not REST APIs but only HTTP-based APIs. If interested in really restful API design he recommends the following reading:
RESTful Web Services by Leonard Richardson and Sam Ruby, RESTbucks, and - if you want are short on money -
Sergii Kauk presented the findings on duosecurity showing that application specific passwords are not really application specific but allow access to all regular Google services, and until recently even to the settings of two-factor authentication.
Thanks for coming, it was a great event again! The next event will be our meetup on Thursday(!), 28th of March.

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