The big API day is finally here for the New York Times. After launching a series of interesting and useful APIs since last fall, covering everything from campaign finance to movie reviews, they've now released their most important API to date: their Article Search API. With this new web service, developers now have access to 2.8 million articles from the paper of record dating from 1981 through today (our Article Search profile). This API should be a terrific source for a wide range of mashups and third party applications.
Search engines such as Google have been making life a lot easier for developers. They have huge development resources that startups just don't have, and when they make their APIs available, everyone benefits. But when it comes to using APIs, especially AJAX APIs, it can be a challenge for developers to use these in a search-friendly way.
The new Google Patent Search API is now available and lets you search over 7 million patents via code. It is part of the AJAX Search API suite of content-specific Google search utilities such as book search, government search, code search and others.