Today in APIs: ESPN's API Opened and the BlockAvenue API

Greg Bates
Mar. 25 2013, 12:30PM EDT

ESPN's newly opened API. Neighborhood data via the BlockAvenue API. Plus: Disrupt NY hackathon end of April and "we can’t let the Internet of Things become the Tyranny of Things".

ESPN Opens API to Big Cheers

As David Eason at Dzone reports, ESPN has released an intuitive, REST-based API that accesses its sports data.

He's done quite a bit of playing with it using the Mule Devkit, and likes what he sees,

"...I can create a reusable Mule Connector that abstracts all of the low level implementation details related to interacting with the ESPN API that include, REST specifics (GET, PUT, POST, etc…), security, session management, and the configuration process.  In addition to that once complete I can easily share this component with all developers in my organization using the Mule Studio eclipse update site capability, or alternatively with the entire Mule community on the Mule Extensions site (note: the artist previously known as the Mule Forge)."

From headlines to team data and athlete data, from player stats to game schedules, the possibilities are "endless."

BlockAvenue API Teams with Rentenna

BlockAvenue is now providing its neighborhood data through its API. Partner Rentenna provides a sense of how this can work. Below is a screenshot from Rentenna of rentals at the Vanguard Chelsea. Below that, also off Rentenna's site is BlockAvenue's review data on the neighborhood.

Let's face it: quality of life is about both what you live in and what neighborhood you're in. You can instantly imagine how the neighborhood data from the Blockavenue API can be used, not just by providers of rent information, but also by travel companies putting packages on cities together, by local chambers of commerce, by merchants wanting to connect what they provide as a shopping experience to the wider area their stores and restaurants are in.

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