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  • 1. Working with Web 2.0 APIs (or, maybe just defining…) Bridget Schumacher November 25, 2008 DMS 537
  • 2. What is Web 2.0? • Web-based tools • Collaboration • Sharing • Conversation • Builds community
  • 3. What is an API? • Bridge two applications together & share data between them • Known as: – Application Program Interface – Application Programming Interface
  • 4. Who works with APIs? • Application Developers • Those with knowledge of programming languages – Javascript – AJAX – XML
  • 5. Why would a developer share an API?
  • 6. “…they get used by more applications, they get seen by more eyeballs, they get more exposure…” Source: Cameron Adams, Go forth and API
  • 7. Popular APIs • Google Maps • Facebook • (anything Google • Flickr really…) • YouTube • Weather.com • Twitter • Shopping.com • TinyURL • PayPal
  • 8. How do I obtain an API?
  • 9. 1. Visit the web site
  • 10. 2. Fill out an application
  • 11. 3. Wait for the files to be sent to you
  • 12. I have APIs to work with, now what?
  • 13. Create mashups!
  • 14. What is a mashup? “In web development, a mashup is a web application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool” Source: Wikipedia, Mashup_(web_application_hybrid)
  • 15. Top APIs for Mashups Source: http://www.programmableweb.com
  • 16. Examples of Mashups • A.placebetween.us • Weather on Google Maps • Twistori • CommuterFeed • HotSpotr
  • 17. Additional Readings • Ten Web 2.0 APIs You Can Really Use: http://www.linuxworld.com/news/2006/12 1806-web-20-apis.html?page=2 • Go Forth and API: http://www.thinkvitamin.com/features/aja x/go-forth-and-api • Web 2.0 the Power Behind the Hype: http://www.uie.com/articles/web_2_power / • Programmable Web: http://www.programmableweb.com/
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