Google Oauth 2.0 changes - can I have a dummies edition please?
April 17, 2015 9:52 PM   Subscribe

I am not a developer but I am a Google Apps for Education administrator. I've had a few emails saying, "A number of deprecated Google Apps APIs will be shut down on April 20th, 2015". I've read and reread and turned myself inside reading but I am not sure what to do.

Is there anyone out there who can give me a plain English set of instructions for working out what APIs will be affected on Monday and what I need to do.

I have followed the procedures that I got emailed by vendors for the Marketplace apps that we use but am concerned about the internal, Google stuff.
posted by chairish to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It looks like there's more information here, chairish. I don't know if this helps, though.
posted by limeonaire at 10:29 PM on April 17, 2015

I don't think you have to worry about "internal Google stuff". That doesn't use an API to authenticate. If you use an API then it is a concern but you are not a programmer so that isn't likely. If you use any thrid party apps that allow a Google login or work with your Google apps data, those third parties will send out updates and you would have to make sure they are instaled/applied.
posted by nogero at 12:16 AM on April 18, 2015

I'm not familiar with the Google Apps API, specifically, but I am a programmer, so here's what I'd look for.

Do you have any in-house tools, programs or apps that are written to use the Google Apps API? If you do, you'd want to get ahold of whoever wrote them and get them to check. If not, then I'd just make sure that any third party vendors of software you use that interfaces with Google Apps is ready for the API deprecation, and will provide you with updated software as needed.

As for "internal Google stuff", I'm not entirely sure what you're referring to, but if Google is providing the app, they would have already taken care of this.
posted by Aleyn at 12:22 AM on April 18, 2015

Here's an example of a third-party vendor that uses this and required clients to make an update.
posted by limeonaire at 8:28 AM on April 18, 2015

As for "internal Google stuff", I'm not entirely sure what you're referring to, but if Google is providing the app, they would have already taken care of this.

Your experience of Google is different from mine. I'd say expect a lot of apps to break and expect problems even with the internal Google stuff. The problem is that your only option is to ride it out. That's life in the cloud.
posted by srboisvert at 8:53 AM on April 18, 2015

Response by poster: Thanks for the answers. As I say I have updated the only third party(marketplace) app that we use. We don't use any form of SSO or server synchronization. I'm guessing that there maybe some errors if people haven't created full Google+ profiles for Blogger accounts or other Google apps but I can't find any documentation or information which would help.

Anyway here's hoping!
posted by chairish at 4:28 PM on April 18, 2015

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