The APIs are Here!

It may not be as exciting as when Steve Martin discovered “The new phone books are here!” in the 1979 Carl Reiner film The Jerk, but we are starting to roll out full APIs for SpokenWord.org. It’s a RESTful interface and the first flavor of response formats is JSON, so it should be easy to use from any programming language. (We plan to off XML responses as an option if enough developers complain about JSON.)

If you’ve used the Twitter APIs, you’ll see that we modeled ours after theirs in many ways. We also took the idea of a Remote Key for authentication from FriendFeed. (OAuth is coming soon.) The initial methods allow you to set and get ratings of programs, feeds and collections and to retrieve extended metadata about individual programs. We’ll be publishing new methods very quickly, but we’re anxious to get feedback from developers before we go too far. The full API documentation is available online. If you have comments, questions, suggestions or bug reports about the new APIs, post them to our API Forum or join our API Mailing List.

A special Thanks goes out to all of those who have participated on that list to help us design a set of APIs that people will actually use.

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