Google API Console
07 Nov 2010Google released some updates to its API ecosystem the other day with a new release of Google Custom Search API. Google also rewrote a bunch of API documentation and more importantly released an API console for managing your Google APIs. I can't tell you how many Google APIs there are, let alone how many of them I use for personal or business. I think Google is having trouble keep track of the API sprawl itself, and is moving to provide its users with tools to manage their API usage confidently. The Google API Console allows you to create API Projects and activate different Google APIs underneath these projects. Within a project you can:
- Activate APIs - Select which APIs are used within a project.
- Team - Manage which users have access to a project
- Traffic Controls - Tools that allow you to limit requests to specific IP Addresses, and define how many calls they can make
- Traffic Reports - Analytics showing how number of requests and referrers.
- Keys - Allows you to issue individual keys for different API consumers within a project.