In order to make a better easier and performing tool for developers, Google announced the Google APIs Explorer, an interactive tool that lets developers easily try out Google APIs right from your browser. By selecting an API you want to explore, you can see all the available methods and parameters along with inline documentation. Just fill out the parameters for the method you want to try and click “Execute”. The Explorer composes the request, executes it, and displays the response in real time. For some APIs that access private data you will need to “Switch to Private Access” and authorize the Explorer to do so. To get started, here are some sample requests you can try in the Explorer, as provided by Google:
- Use the Google+ API to search for public profiles of people named “John Smith”.
- Use the Books API to search for a particular book.
- Use the Google+ API to list your personal Google+ activities (requires private access).