April 25, 2011
Somebody recently told me that Thanksgiving is next week and I was sure that they were lying. Lo and behold, Thanksgiving is next week and thoughts invariably turn to food. Instead of helping you prepare that killer side dish though, this week's mashups will come in handy when you can't stomach any more leftover turkey. If you feel the need to get out of the house and have someone else cook for you or even if you want the food delivered to your doorstep, these mashups should help out. Read below for more details on each.
Pearson, a household name in the education and training markets, typically brings traditional study materials to mind (e.g. thick study books, video lectures, etc.). However, Pearson recently launched its fifth API showing a dedication to innovation and meeting the rapidly changing technology scene where Pearson students live on a daily basis. Pearson's latest API, Nursing and Health Survival Guides API, allows developers to integrate data from Pearson's highly acclaimed Nursing guides into an application of choice.
Food-sharing mobile photo app Foodspotting had an API since day one. Of course, every mobile app has an API, at least if it needs to store or retrieve non-trivial data. Most of those interfaces stay hidden away, private APIs with only that single, internal audience. Foodspotting, on the other hand, signed Zagat as an early partner and now also has OpenTable, among others, using its Foodspotting API. The company is not exactly making it widely available for any developer, though the documentation is public, planting it in a vast grey area that's becoming increasingly common.