April 29, 2012
In a move to compete with DropBox, Google Drive…etc. Microsoft revamped SkyDrive this week incorporating most of Mesh‘s features. If you signed up for SkyDrive before April 22nd, and have uploaded at least one file, be sure to apply for the free upgrade to 25 GB.
I wrote a couple of articles on the use of the DropBox REST API. Microsoft’s revamp made me curious to see if I could do the same with the SkyDrive API.
April 21, 2012
Wondering how much it differs from the previous version I created a Bitly account and started coding…
March 17, 2012
Having a user authorize your application to access his or hers Dropbox account consists out of 3 steps. Using OAuth you must:
Before retrieving an access token you must wait until the user has authorized your application. There’s no way to determine when this has happened. Up until now we just waited a little while and hoped for the best. However, when you instruct the user to authorize your application, you can also specify a callback URL which will automatically be called when the authorization process has been completed.
Let’s create a sample web application that demonstrates this.
December 29, 2011
I’ve been using Dropbox for about 6 months now. Before that I relied on Google Documents to share my files between the computers I use. Of course I had to login first and then I had to download them. Kind of a drag, certainly with big files.
With Dropbox that’s a thing of the past. Just install the client software and it will synchronize all of your files automatically. They are neatly downloaded into a local Dropbox folder on each of your computers. And only the parts of the file that actually changed are transferred, greatly reducing the download time.
Another neat feature is that other applications can use your Dropbox folder to store their data. For instance, I use a password manager (AgileBit’s 1Password) to securely save my login accounts. If I create a new account for a site on my laptop, then when I start my desktop it will automatically be known there once Dropbox has synched 1Password’s files (which is nearly instantanously).
This is made possible thanks to the Dropbox REST API. Let’s find out how we can use it…