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December 20, 2006 / Bob Black

R.I.P. Google Search API

Google gave lots of developers an early Christmas present by killing off their SOAP Search API.  Judging by the comments at that URL, a lot of folks aren’t pleased.

At this precise moment, this decision doesn’t affect me personally since I don’t have any projects currently using the SOAP Search API. However, like many of the other folks concerned about this change, it will probably negatively affect any of my future decisions to use Google’s APIs. At least we can count on Microsoft to maintain a little backwards compatibility.

To make matters worse, it sounds like a lot of people (in particular developers who were actually engaged in SOAP Search API development) were caught completely off guard. Hey Google, isn’t that a little *gasp* evil?

More commentary also available here, and here.

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