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Short links for Google Apps (7 posts)

  1. skippybosco
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for the great plugin and continued support.

    Any plans to support the Short Links for Google Apps as a URL service?


  2. Gerald
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #

    I would if there is an API for the service....

  3. skippybosco
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi Gerald, Thanks for the follow up.

    I have an "Enable API access" option for my Short Links settings as well as this sample python script they included in the help section:

    # Copyright 2008 Google Inc.
    # Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the 'License');
    # you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
    # You may obtain a copy of the License at
    #      http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
    # Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
    # distributed under the License is distributed on an 'AS IS' BASIS,
    # WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.
    # See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
    # limitations under the License.
    """Example script.
       Connects to an installation of Google Short Links and submits an
       API request.
       Example commands:
         Get the details of the short link 'foo':
           python api_sample.py
         Create a new short link 'bar' that points to www.google.com and
         is owned by owner@example.com:
           python api_sample.py
         Create a new public HASHED short link that points to www.google.com and
         is owned by owner@example.com:
           python api_sample.py
    import base64
    import datetime
    import hmac
    import optparse
    import sha
    import sys
    import time
    import urllib
    import urllib2
    def make_request_uri(hostname, api_method, secret, **parameters):
      """Constructs a signed api request.
         Contains a miniature implementation of an oauth signing mechanism.
         Not complete, but enough for this use case.
        hostname: the name of the domain that short links is installed at
        api_method: the api method to be called, like get_or_create_hash
        secret: the api (hmac) secret to be used
        parameters: additional arguments that should be passed to the api-method
        A signed URL that the short links server would understand.
      # What is the url (without parameters)?
      base_url = 'http://%s/js/%s' % (hostname.lower(), api_method)
      # What is the base query string?
      parameters['oauth_signature_method'] = 'HMAC-SHA1'
      parameters['timestamp'] = str(
      param_array = [(k, v) for k, v in parameters.items()]
      keyvals = ['%s=%s' % (urllib.quote(a, ''), urllib.quote(str(b), ''))
                 for a, b in param_array]
      unsecaped = '&'.join(keyvals)
      signature_base_string = 'GET&%s&%s' % (
          urllib.quote(base_url, ''), urllib.quote(unsecaped, ''))
      # Create oauth secret
      signature = urllib.quote(base64.b64encode(
          hmac.new(secret, signature_base_string, sha).digest()), '')
      # Return the result
      return '%s?%s&oauth_signature=%s' % (base_url, unsecaped, signature)
    def parse_options(argv):
      """Creates a parser that can evaluate commandline options."""
      parser = optparse.OptionParser(usage='%prog [options] [-- diff_options]')
      group = parser.add_option_group('Server options')
      group.add_option('-s', '--server', dest='server',
                       metavar='SERVER', default=None,
                       help='The name of the server we connect to, '
                       'like shortlinks.example.com')
      group.add_option('-H', '--hmac', dest='hmac',
                       metavar='SECRET', default=None,
                       help='The HMAC secret that provides API access')
      group = parser.add_option_group('Available commands')
      group.add_option('--hash', '--get_or_create_hash', action='store_const',
                       dest='action', help='Get or create a hashed short link')
      group.add_option('--details', '--get_details', action='store_const',
                       dest='action', help='Get the details of a short link')
      group.add_option('--create', '--get_or_create_shortlink',
                       dest='action', help='Get or create a regular short link')
      group = parser.add_option_group('Command details')
      group.add_option('-e', '--email', dest='email',
                       metavar='EMAIL', default=None,
                       help='Email of the owner of a short link')
      group.add_option('-u', '--url', dest='url',
                       metavar='URL', default=None,
                       help='Url of a short link')
      group.add_option('-n', '--shortcut_name', dest='shortcut_name',
                       metavar='SHORTCUT_NAME', default=None,
                       help='Name of the short link')
      group.add_option('--public', '--is_public', dest='is_public',
                       action='store_true', metavar='IS_PUBLIC', default=False,
                       help='Set to create a public short link')
      group.add_option('--dryrun', dest='dryrun', action='store_true',
                       metavar='DRYRUN', default=False,
                       help='Only perform a dry run, do not submit the action')
      return parser.parse_args(argv)
    def main():
      options = parse_options(sys.argv[1:])[0]
      for field in ('server', 'action', 'hmac', 'email', 'url', 'shortcut_name'):
        if getattr(options, field, None) is None:
          print '%s not set' % field
      request_url = make_request_uri(
      if options.dryrun:
        print 'Request URL is %s' % request_url
        print 'Connecting to %s...' % options.server
        print '(full request url is %s )' % request_url
        response = urllib2.urlopen(request_url)
        print 'result: %s' % response.read()
    if __name__ == '__main__':
  4. Gerald
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #


    Cool. Thanks for the code snippet... will look into it.

    Do note that implementation will not be within these two months though.. unless time permits.

  5. skippybosco
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks Gerald.

    Is this a hard time limitation or would a financial contribution help bump the priority. Thinking less of a one off donation and more of a "pay for this function" type contribution.

  6. Gerald
    Plugin Author

    Posted 3 years ago #


    At this moment, it's more of a time limitation as I am busy with school related assignments.

    Is it of high priority? If it is, drop me an email at contact@fusedthought.com. I'll see I can do anything to help over the weekends...

    Thank you for considering financial contribution (even a little) as it's always appreciated as it goes to pay for textbooks or items for school :)

  7. skippybosco
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Not a rush by any means. Once I get a little closer to needing it I'll follow up with you.

    Regarding financial contribution. You have talent, I have money.. at the end of the day it all balances out :-)

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