June 27, 2011
OpenSearchServer, a search engine API, has launched its first of many APIs to come: OpenSearchServer Screenshot API. The API's basic functionality enables the user to take a screenshot of any website. Users have multiple options regarding screen size and which portions of the screen to capture. The Screenshot API developed out of an open source project aimed at continued improvement across a number of search nuances.
Like big data — which businesses know they have to have, even if they aren't sure how to analyze it or what to do with it — the concept of reorienting a business toward becoming a "composable enterprise" is on every executive's to-do list. The central idea is that businesses need to break down their services, products and capabilities into discrete units so that external partners and customers can plug directly into the business experience they need.
Google's Jeff Scudder has a new post on the Google AJAX APIs blog that details how CSS styling can be used in conjunction with the Google AJAX Search API (our Google AJAX Search API Profile) to customize the look and feel of the search interface and search results. Though it may not seem that important, the aesthetics of your site's search interface, and the way the results are displayed, are both important elements that can influence the experience of your site's visitors.