The other day Google announced a new API console to simplify working with their various APIs. These APIs are basically REST-based calls into the Google servers where you connect through a URL, passing different parameters in the URL itself, and get back a response. The response comes back as either XML, or as JSON, which is ideal for a client-side JavaScript program. (Although most server-side languages such as PHP and C#/ASP.NET provide parsers for JSON as well, so you can process the results on server-side if you prefer.) As has been the case since the early days of the Google …

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