Before you ask... Yes I struggled with the title of this post, but give me a break it's 4:30 am here! 🙂
I'm currently developing in python for Google App Engine and are using the Picasa API. I found this great guide from Google with exampels: https://developers.google.com/picasa-web/docs/1.0/developers_guide_python It's far from complete but the examples pushes me in the right direction and then some testing, trial and error gives me a chance to learn even more! So i thought I would share one of the things that got me in to trouble this morning.
I was trying to add a new album to the feed and got this error:
(404, 'Not Found', 'Unknown user.')
Even though the user is authenticated via oauth. But then i realized that this was the same issue I head before, the users e-mail isn't in the mix. I needed it for layout purposes before, to display profiles and so on, you can read about that here: Python: Get user info after oauth All the request I have done before, getting feeds of albums, pictures and so on, has been uri input from me in the code. This function just looks like this:
gd_client.InsertAlbum(title='Test', summary='a test album')
Where the gd_client is an instance of gdata.photos.service.PhotosService() with the oauth token all-ready specified using the code example from the official Google guide and spiced with the functions from my previous mentioned post. But still it doesn't work! So I realized that even though it is authorized it has no idea who the user is trying to insert the new album. According to the feed documentation you should do a post like this:
POST https://picasaweb.google.com/data/feed/api/user/userID <entry xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom' xmlns:media='http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/' xmlns:gphoto='http://schemas.google.com/photos/2007'> <title type='text'>Trip To Italy</title> <summary type='text'>This was the recent trip I took to Italy.</summary> <gphoto:location>Italy</gphoto:location> <gphoto:access>public</gphoto:access> <gphoto:timestamp>1152255600000</gphoto:timestamp> <media:group> <media:keywords>italy, vacation</media:keywords> </media:group> <category scheme='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#kind' term='http://schemas.google.com/photos/2007#album'></category> </entry>
So here is what stuff goes wrong. Looking what the gd_client is actually doing is posting to https://picasaweb.google.com/data/feed/api/user/. There is a really simple soloution for this, if we return to the oauth example from the guide:
gd_client = gdata.photos.service.PhotosService() gd_client.auth_token = authsub_token gd_client.UpgradeToSessionToken()
This is a cut out where you get the "use once" token back and upgrade it to a session token. Here you can do two things to make the gd_client work with the oauth user as a default all the time, either:
gd_client = gdata.photos.service.PhotoService(email='default')
gd_client.email = 'default'
Then it all will work just fine!