Using Color in API Documentation

Guest Author, September 28th, 2012

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.

Three Techniques for Visualizing Data From Google BigQuery

Guest Author, August 29th, 2012

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 Cooking up Something Good

Kevin Sundstrom, April 25th, 2012

Pearson Kitchen Manager 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.

Test Your RESTful API With YQL

Sebastian Spier, March 26th, 2012

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.

Like YQL? Try it with the ProgrammableWeb API

Sebastian Spier, February 8th, 2012

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.

How To Get The Most Out Of The New York Times API Suite

Guest Author, January 4th, 2012

New York Times Article SearchThe 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.

How to Make YouTube Embeds Less YouTube-y

Adam DuVander, August 2nd, 2010

YouTubeWe 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.

Top 10 Things Every Twitter Developer Should Know

Adam DuVander, April 13th, 2010

TwitterThe 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.

iPhone and Android: How One Mashup Does Both With Google Maps API V3

Andres Ferrate, March 2nd, 2010

Google MapsGiven 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.

Access Five Twitter APIs in One

Adam DuVander, August 12th, 2009

TwitterRuby programmers creating Twitter apps, feast your eyes on this gem from squeejee, called Twitterland, which combines five Twitter services into one package.

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