Last weekend the Dropbox platform team was at HackZurich, Europe’s largest student hackathon. With over 450 participants representing dozens of countries, HackZurich was a great place for us to meet new developers and see what they could build. There were many teams that used the Dropbox API; here are four that really stood out.
This weekend, Leah and I were at the University of Waterloo sponsoring the student hackathon, Hack the North. We met students who flew in from across the continent, gave a talk on using the Dropbox API, and awarded a prize for the best use of the Dropbox API.
Thanks to all the students who hacked on the Dropbox API this weekend. Our API prize winner was FedUp, an Android app and website that protects its users during police encounters. The winning team met during summer internships in San Francisco and applied to Hack the North together.
Today we’re announcing a much-requested API endpoint: shared link metadata, which lets you get metadata (similar to Core API’s
/metadata) from Dropbox shared links. This API endpoint doesn’t require a user access token.
We’ve been working with our friends at Slack and Trello to help develop this endpoint to super-power Dropbox shared links pasted into a channel or board. We’re now looking forward to seeing how the rest of the developer community uses it.
To test this new endpoint out, you’ll need two things: a Dropbox shared link and a Dropbox app.
If you’re using the Dropbox Core SDK for iOS, there’s a small, but important, change you’ll need to make to your app to get it working with iOS 9.
iOS 9 requires your app to pre-register application schemes it intends to call. For Dropbox, you’ll need to add the scheme
dbapi-2 to your list of allowed schemes like so:
- Open your YourApp-Info.plist file and add the key,
LSApplicationQueriesSchemes, add a new item with the value
It was a dark and stormy night. Wolves howled at the full moon as all the village slept — all except for our protagonist, who stared into their computer monitor, switching between API docs and their terminal. As they reread the documentation, they had an idea, and excitedly typed in a command. But it responded with yet another syntax error. Our protagonist felt like cURLing up into a ball.
Our protagonist dreamed that, one day, there might be a tool to help developers like them. Maybe even a GUI. One day, they could use it to painlessly get an OAuth2 token.
Join the Dropbox Developer Platform team for lots of upcoming events:
Xerocon Melbourne Dev Day
Come see our own Josh Sandberg speak about using the Dropbox APIs to store, sync, and share data for 3rd party developers and in-house IT.
August 10 – 12
Smart watches are a new fun toy for developers. Check out Steve Marx, product manager for the Dropbox Developer Platform, showing off what developers can do with the Pebble watch and the Dropbox API.