There’s a lot that’s been written about the content of API documentation, but what about its look-and-feel? Unlike many types of information, API documentation is not meant to be read front-to-back, but is meant to be scanned for relevant information. This means that the look-and-feel should be very clean. Clarity is a much higher priority than aesthetics.
Google BigQuery is a REST-based API for SQL-like analysis of billions of rows of data in just a few seconds. Customers are using it to analyze advertising campaigns, web server logs, inventory availability and more. While BigQuery makes it easy for customers to gain insights into massive datasets, it can be challenging to make sense of the results without the power of visualization. The Google BigQuery browser tool doesn’t have visualization built in, but the API enables you to integrate with other tools in just a few dozen lines of code.
Pearson is a worldwide educational publishing company that provides learning materials, certifications, and multimedia learning tools. The company has access to an amazing amount of data surrounding a seemingly endless list of topics. Now, with the Pearson Kitchen Manager API developers can tap into at least a portion of Pearson’s knowledge base.
Many companies want to create their own APIs. Building an API can be a complex task, irrespective of whether the API will be used internally as an integration point between different units of the same company, or externally for 3rd party integration. This article discusses how YQL can help to find possible weaknesses in your API implementation.
APIs are inherently difficult to learn for developers. The ProgrammableWeb API is no exception to this rule either. In this article we will show some examples of how Yahoo’s YQL can be used make developer’s life a bit easier when using the ProgrammableWeb API.
The New York Times API suite is most definitely among the top news APIs. It is well documented, has good testing tools, remains fairly stable, and has almost no surprises – all in all, a good example of a mature API suite. ProgrammableWeb lists 14 New York Times APIs. In this post we will help you get the most out of these technical offerings from the newspaper.
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.