8 amazing Google APIs (and how to use them)

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Google APIs take up a sizeable chunk of land in the API universe. In this article, we've picked the most powerful, innovative and interesting plugins from Big G. 

APIs are an invaluable tool for developers, as they let your sites and web apps stand on the shoulders of giants. They enable you to focus on unique application logic, instead of having to hack together plumbing from scratch. Here’s our guide to some of our favourite Google APis, and how to use them in your projects. 

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Tam Hanna is a software consultant who specialises in the management of carrier and device manufacturer relationships, mobile application distribution and development, design and prototyping of process computers and sensors. He was a regular contributor to Web Designer magazine in previous years, and now occupies his time as the owner of Tamoggemon Software and Computer Software.