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I want to create an app that accesses the GMail API, but I'm finding that it isn't as simple as I thought it might be.

I'm hoping somebody in the community here might have some experience working with one of these API's and could not only recommend the right solution, but also show me to some tutorials or examples that could help me get up and running.

Here are some of the requirements of this app:

  • Preferably in Rails or Javascript or even PHP. I am open to other technologies as well, but hope they'd be easy to implement.

  • Connects to gmail via Oauth

  • Can read who emails have been sent to and received from. Basically would like to perform some analytics on who emails are sent to, when and how frequently.

I've read that one reason why this isn't easy, and why there isn't an official javascript API provided by gmail, is that google is concerned it's going to make their service less performant for their users.

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Your question isn't vague and shows some research effort. I doubt it'll get deleted. Not every question needs to contain code. –  Osiris Dec 11 '12 at 7:15
    
so you think this might qualify for stackoverflow? –  kurtybot Dec 11 '12 at 7:30
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This will help . You will just get the concepts regarding web services . IMAP , SMTP but not for specific language .

https://developers.google.com/google-apps/gmail/

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from your suggestion i found this link: developers.google.com/google-apps/gmail/oauth_overview seems pretty useful and has samples. thanks. looking into it now. –  kurtybot Dec 11 '12 at 7:41
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