Ready to integrate Google+ with an existing website? Eager to build your own Google+ social application? This well-written and nicely illustrated how-to guide can get you started.
Jennifer Murphy’s new book shows you, step by step, how to become “comfortable digging into Google+” and its application programming interface (API).
“The Google+ platform has three categories of features,” notes the author, who works at Google.
“The three categories of the Google+ platform are social plugins, like the +1 button, RESTful web services, which provide read access to Google+ data, and hangout applications, for writing your own real[-] time collaboration apps. Additionally, the RESTful web services can be used in a couple of ways. You can either access public data directly when you know what you’re looking for, or you can use OAuth2.0 to access your user’s data on Google+.”
The 91-page book is divided into six chapters that follow the progress of a fictional company ( humorously named “Baking Disasters”) as it adds all of the features of the Google+ platform to its website.
The chapters are:
- Social Plugins
- Public Data APIs
- OAuth-Enabled APIs
- Collaborative Baking with Hangout Apps
- Wrapping Up the Baked Goods
Depending on how experienced you are with developing on social platforms, the book is structured so you can easily skip around to the parts that are new to you. Or you can work through the processes one step and one chapter at a time.
— Si Dunn