Getting Started Guides For The Google Analytics API

Friday, August 21, 2009 | 2:19 PM

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If you're ready to try your hand and using the Data Export API, we've created some new guides to help you get started quickly and easily.

First, for the JavaScript library, here's our new super-simple getting started guide. It leads you through creating a sample application step-by-step. With this guide, you can have a working HTML page that pulls in your Analytics data in minutes (really)! Once you're done, you'll be familiar with all the key elements you need to create a basic application. The guide also shows you where to go next, since you'll be poised to customize your app.

In addition, we also have a new Authentication Guide. Authentication is one of the more difficult aspects of getting started with Google Data, and for the JavaScript and Java guides, much of the authorization complexity is handled by library methods. For that reason, we've pulled the auth stuff out of all the language guides and put it in one central doc, with relevant samples beneath each authentication methodology. We hope this makes it easier for you to:

A. Get started quickly without being confused by authentication.
B. Have a source of authentication details when you are ready.
C. Understand which authentication method to use and when.

We'd love to hear your feedback on these guides through our Developer Group. Stay tuned for a similar guide for the Java client library.