Working with Web 2.0 APIs (or, maybe just defining)

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Working with Web 2.0 APIs (or, maybe just defining)

  1. 1. Working with Web 2.0 APIs (or, maybe just defining…) Bridget Schumacher November 25, 2008 DMS 537
  2. 2. What is Web 2.0? • Web-based tools • Collaboration • Sharing • Conversation • Builds community
  3. 3. What is an API? • Bridge two applications together & share data between them • Known as: – Application Program Interface – Application Programming Interface
  4. 4. Who works with APIs? • Application Developers • Those with knowledge of programming languages – Javascript – AJAX – XML
  5. 5. Why would a developer share an API?
  6. 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. 7. Popular APIs • Google Maps • Facebook • (anything Google • Flickr really…) • YouTube • Weather.com • Twitter • Shopping.com • TinyURL • PayPal
  8. 8. How do I obtain an API?
  9. 9. 1. Visit the web site
  10. 10. 2. Fill out an application
  11. 11. 3. Wait for the files to be sent to you
  12. 12. I have APIs to work with, now what?
  13. 13. Create mashups!
  14. 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. 15. Top APIs for Mashups Source: http://www.programmableweb.com
  16. 16. Examples of Mashups • A.placebetween.us • Weather on Google Maps • Twistori • CommuterFeed • HotSpotr
  17. 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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