photosthatmatter & FlickrApp

July 22nd, 2009

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Aaron’s FlickrApp is a brain dead easy to use subclass of webapp.RequestHandler that turns Flickr into an single-sign on service for Google AppEngine.

As a bonus, you get a valid Flickr auth_token for every signed in user. This makes writing Flickr API apps about the simplest thing ever.

Case in point, I wrote the largely mis-named photosthatmatter app last night in slightly less then 20 minutes, while waiting for dinner to simmer. Shows the most interesting photo from each for your contact in a given time period. Great for catching up on things you missed as they flowed by the first time.

YMMV, but it works for me.

4 Responses to “photosthatmatter & FlickrApp”

  1. npdoty says:

    Hmm.. the Flickr Authorize page tells me that ” wants to link to your Flickr account” and that if I followed a link “not associated with , click here”. There is no application name (“photosthatmatter” or what-have-you), just a blank space where one should be.

    This isn’t too encouraging for users: is there some way to fill in an application name into these blank gaps?

  2. npdoty says:

    Also, your app asked for permission to be able to edit and replace my photos and videos and to be able to comment on my friends’ photos! That scared me away.

    (I know that security and usability may not have been your top priorities in writing an app while waiting for food to cook. But I thought it was at least worth mentioning — and I’m curious if FlickrApp can send an application name or let you specify the correct permissions. From a first glance, it looks like it at least handles the latter.)

  3. Kellan says:

    Hey npdoty,

    That’s just me being lazy. The app name is configured on Flickr, while the permissions can be set in FlickrApp, I just didn’t bother to.

  4. Neil K says:

    Hey, I know this is very late but I have been treating the blogs with benign neglect.

    Very nice. I’ve wanted something like this for a while.

    You should make some kind of trademark for “important apps that were written in less time than it takes the average meeting to get down to business”.