At YourTrove, a lot of what we do involves ingesting social content via APIs and then regularizing that data within our system. For a lot of data, this is pretty straightforward. For example, while Facebook and Flickr might return different meta data, or name fields differently, no one disagrees that a photo is a photo. This is true for essentially all uploaded binary user generated content.
If you’re reading this, I probably don’t have to tell you about Freshmeat. This repository of open source code and projects has been around quite a while, and is used by a number of prominent projects. What you may not know, however, is that Freshmeat offers a well-designed Freshmeat API to help developers access the data on Freshmeat for any purpose that makes sense.
If you are a bit of a command-line junkie and ever wanted to use APIs but wished you could get that data straight from your favorite shell, GoogleCL is for you. GoogleCL is a new open source project that allows you to utilize major Google APIs without writing code. It defines a set of commands that you can use as command-line utilities and access a number of Google services. For example, you can upload pictures to Google Picasa Web, create a new event in your Google Calendar, upload a blog post to Google Blogger, export your contacts to a file and much more.
Ruby programmers creating Twitter apps, feast your eyes on this gem from squeejee, called Twitterland, which combines five Twitter services into one package.
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:
DeepEarth, a new map control that integrates Microsoft’s Virtual Earth mapping service (our Virtual Earth API Profile) with the Silverlight 2.0 framework, is now available as an open source project on CodePlex.