Hacker News has made it's data available for programmatic access in near real time for iOS & Android and web-enabled devices that implement Firebase. Using the server API, calls can be made to retrieve news, updates, comments, jobs, polls, and more, all by using unique identifiers. HTTP calls will return JSON-formatted responses that include actual text from articles, titles, as well as associated metadata and URL links. Though Hacker News plans to unveil an OAuth API in the future to access user data, currently the API is free for public consumption.
Developers wanting to create apps for news hungry users need to find the correct APIs to make that happen. They should start their search in the News Services category of the ProgrammableWeb API directory. Check out the 11 most popular News Services APIs based on user ProgrammableWeb traffic.