We are all likely familiar with the look of YouTube’s embedded player. In fact, seeking an alternate design for the player might be what sends many developers to to one of the other 99 video APIs. But it doesn’t need to: YouTube lets you add your own “chrome,” the look of the player.
The upcoming Chirp conference organized by Twitter is bound to interest a new group of developers. Getting up to speed with a new API can take some research, but Twitter makes it easy with a handy list.
Given the increasing popularity of mobile devices such as the iPhone and Android devices (both of which include full browsers), it should come as no surprise that developers have begun to leverage the various APIs out there to provide mobile mashups that can be implemented without targeting a specific platform or SDK.
Ruby programmers creating Twitter apps, feast your eyes on this gem from squeejee, called Twitterland, which combines five Twitter services into one package.
Google’s Jeff Scudder has a new post on the Google AJAX APIs blog that details how CSS styling can be used in conjunction with the Google AJAX Search API (our Google AJAX Search API Profile) to customize the look and feel of the search interface and search results. Though it may not seem that important, the aesthetics of your site’s search interface, and the way the results are displayed, are both important elements that can influence the experience of your site’s visitors.
Try out your map mashup by playing in the sandbox. Better yet, easily switch between Google, Yahoo and several other mapping providers.
Most mashups rely on some type of API that’s freely provided by a public web site. ProgrammableWeb tracks thousands of these resources across dozens of categories. Generally, these interfaces are SOAP or REST-based, but they may also work in cooperation with other open formats like RSS or Atom. In an enterprise setting, mashups have a more diverse set of protocols to potentially leverage including JDBC/ADO.NET (databases), SMTP/IMAP (email), and SNMP (network monitoring). Unless you are building a data mashup, one of the participants API’s is usually focused on visually representing the data. It could be the classic Google Maps API, or perhaps some type of charting (Google Charts is a great resource).
Google is making it even easier for developers wishing to implement OpenID with the OAuth. Google has announced that developers can now utilize a “Hybrid Protocol” that combines the OpenID federated login with the OAuth authorization process. The new OpenID OAuth extension makes it easier for developers to implement OAuth through initial authentication using OpenID. According to Yariv Adan on the Google Data APIs Blog:
Graphic, schematic maps can very useful in a wide range of charting scenarios and thanks to a recent upgrade, now you can use the Google Chart API to create them.