[uf-discuss] Google Base API
davidjanes at blogmatrix.com
Thu Aug 24 13:49:45 PDT 2006
Google Base is explicitly trying to do something that Microformats are
not: boil the ocean, or in this particular case, a sea in the ocean.
Google Base silos are basically spreadsheets; each record is a row in
the spreadsheet. How do you model that in Microformats? In fact, the
best/easiest way of modeling that is supported by Google Base: you can
upload CSV files. The Google Base data API just provides a simple way
of expressing that spreadsheet in XML. Marc Canter's bizarre rant this
morning about standards aside, I know of no standard alternative way
to do this. RDF/XML is too expressive, Microformats doesn't try to be
expressive outside of defined problems.
BTW: I demoed in April a quick and dirty hCalendar to Google Calendar
translator (the API to Google Calendar is GData). I didn't pursue this
any further except to demo as a trick because Google didn't provide a
mechanism for 3rd parties to post on your behalf, which meant your
password would have to be given up. With AuthSub  this is no longer
an issue so perhaps it's worth reinvestigating.
On 8/24/06, Scott Reynen <scott at randomchaos.com> wrote:
> On Aug 24, 2006, at 12:27 PM, Chris Messina wrote:
> > However, microformats seem a whole lot easier and a lower barrier to
> > entry in many respects (though they'd have to get involved in the
> > community process which may be too slow for them). At the very least,
> > supporting both microformats and their own made up magical API would
> > be a nice overture.
> If you think a microformats API to Google Base would be useful, why
> not build one on top of the existing API? Live applications make for
> more compelling arguments.
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