Saturday, September 15, 2012

TextHole

To experiment with Google Appengine I've created a simple text repository application called TextHole.

TextHole is a basic text repository with the following features:

  • Anonymous uploads and read access
  • Optional Google OAuth2 authentication to allow you to delete or edit your uploads
  • A simple JSON interface makes it easy to post and download text from other sites
To download text via JSON make a GET request to http://texthole.arkem.org/download/[mesage_id]
The reply will be a JSON dictionary with the following keys:

body: the text body of the message
editable: whether the requestor can modify the text
creation: Creation time of the text
expiry: unix timestamp of the expiry of the text
message_id: the message id of this text
status: True if the request succeeded
error: If status is false more details here

Note: Only status and message_id fields are guaranteed

To upload text via JSON make a POST request to http://texthole.arkem.org/upload providing a JSON dictionary via the data form field. 

Possible actions are:
New message: The body key is required
Delete: The delete key is required
Edit message: The body and overwrite keys are required

Request dictionary keys:
body: the text body of the new/modified message
delete: the message id of the message to delete
overwrite: the message id of the message to edit
authenticated: if set attribute the new message to the user
expiry: number of seconds (max 1yr) the text is to be valid for

Notes: One of body and delete is required. Overwrite and delete require a valid cookie to be sent with the request.

Reply dictionary keys: 
message_id: the message id of the new/edited/deleted text
status: True if the request succeeded
error: If status is false more details here
expiry: unix timestamp of the expiry of the text
user: username of the owner of the text ("None" for anonymous)

TextHole is missing the following features (maybe coming soon):
  • An index of available texts
  • Text search
  • A javascript client library to make it even easier to integrate with TextHole
  • A way to authenticate via the JSON library
Please play around with TextHole and send me any bugs or ideas that you find. Please remember that everything in TextHole is public, I can see it, and so can everyone else. Finally, please don't use TextHole for evil.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Google acquires VirusTotal

VirusTotal, the online service that will scan uploaded files against dozens of AV engines has been acquired by Google. Here's the announcement. I think this is great, I'm a big fan of VirusTotal and I am looking forward to what Google and VT can come up with together.