The Wolfram Alpha Ruby Library by Ian White is available for download to start working with the API. Some of the API resources that Wolfram Alpha offers include AppID, sample query, visual representations, and mathematical representations. Such material aims to assist in the integration of API features that include reference, search, and semantics.
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.
Facebook has just introduced several new elements for its platform at F8, the annual conference for Facebook developers. The web has been abuzz about the implications of Facebook's latest move towards making its platform available on as many web sites as possible.
The tagline of the Times Open blog is "All the news that's fit to printf()", and that clever play on the paper's motto gains more credence with each new API released. In February the Times introduced the Newswire API, which "provides an up-to-the-minute stream of published items" from the paper of record, and the New York State Legislature API for tracking the political maneuverings in Albany.