Dive.io: Dive Into a New Hobby

Allen Tipper
Jul. 01 2011, 01:05PM EDT

With the holiday weekend coming up in the U.S., avid divers may be making their way to their favorite spots. Dive.io is a web service designed for divers, so they can log their dives, share their favorite dive spots, and meet fellow divers. It's very specific, but it does its task quite well. It also has a nice API, allowing for integration of the service into, well, anything at all.

The API is a RESTful with both JSON and XML support. It plans to add OAuth support at some point, but the current authentication mechanism is Basic Authentication. As this is through HTTP rather than HHTPS, it's not the most secure authentication method, so be warned. I look forward to them adding OAuth in the future.

This API could be used to make a client for mobile devices, or integrate the service with other web services. Personally, I think a Facebook app would be a great use of it, as Facebook integration works well with what is essentially a social service. This would allow users to find more friends that also use Dive.io, as well as help get the word out to other divers about it.

Allen Tipper Allen Tipper is a Computer Science generalist with a wide range of interests. After graduating in 2008, he's been programming for and specializing in mobile devices, as well as social media websites. As a programmer, APIs are rather important to him, as he finds using them in his software amazingly fun.

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