This independently constructed Ruby library is made to interface with the DuckDuckGo Zero Click Info API from a Ruby application. Though not officially supported by DuckDuckGo, the library is endorsed on the DuckDuckGo API documentation under supporting library integrations. DuckDuckGo is a search engine which distinguishes itself by not tracking its users or generating results based on its user's previous behavior. The DuckDuckGo Instant Answer API provides free programmatic access to many of the search engine's instant answers, pulled from over 100 independent sources.
While working with Big Data affords a lot of potential business value the complexity of building applications that manipulate all that information can be nothing short of daunting. Not only do most of the currently popular approaches require developers to master arcane interfaces such as MapReduce, the performance of the application tends to suffer under the weight of all the data that needs to be processed.
Technology blogger Mohamed Marwen Meddah wrote an interesting post recently on his StartUpArabia site: "The Importance of Having An API for Arab Startups". Mohamed notes that, thus far, relatively few Arab online startups have opened up their platforms through APIs. However, he believes that providing an API is crucial for Arab online services.