Roundup: Facebook and Google SDKs, Cloud competition hots up

Late last week Facebook announced the availability of the alpha version of its C# SDK.

While some claim the SDK is little more than a wrapper for HttpRequest, it represents Facebook’s first official move into libraries for Microsoft platforms. Interesting features it includes are baked-in OAuth 2.0 authentication and support for the Facebook Open Graph API – so even if applications don’t use this for the usual Facebook user data, we should see lots of platforms making use of it to obtain data from the Open Graph.

The SDK is open-source and available on Github.

While we’re talking about SDKs, Google updated their Data API .NET SDK late last week too. The new version adds support for Documents, Contacts, Google Analytics, and a new resumable upload feature for uploading huge YouTube videos and files to Google Docs.

This SDK is also open source and available to download on Google Code.

One final piece of follow-up news from last week. We previously discussed the Azure Appliance, Microsoft’s approach at the problem of large corporations and governments wanting to host their own cloud solutions.

RackSpace have taken an entirely different solution – they have released their code as an open-source project called OpenStack. Early contributors to the codebase include NASA (as part of their Nebula Cloud Platform), Dell and Rightscale.

The project is released under the Apache license, which allows for just about any use of it you could imagine – so we may see many sub-projects popping up over the coming months.

You can read about OpenStack and grab the code on their website.

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