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Google to shutdown Feedburner, Google Translate APIs

May 29th, 2011 by · 4 Comments · Google

Google have deprecated a total of 18 of their APIs this week, and there’s a good chance you might feel the bite.

First, let me explain a deprecated API.  An API (in this instance) is a body of code that a developer can integrate into an app. You might have used Google News search, Google Translate, or other parts of Google’s websites, yes? An API lets a developer integrate that service into the app. Eighteen APIs have been deprecated, which means Google won’t be continuing to develop them.

For the most part this won’t affect users – except for the Google Translate API. That one is going to shut down in 6 months, and any app that relies on it will stop working. There are 11 APIs that have been deprecated but will continue to function for 3 years. If you have a news fetching app, it might rely on either the Blog Search or News Search APIs.

There are 7 more APIs that have been deprecated but don’t have a shut down date:

The Feedburner API is another one that could hurt, but I’m not sure anyone’s using it. Feedburner runs so slow most of the time that I would suspect that mostr developers have junked it in favor of something else.

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