Meetup and Chow Down let's meetup hosts choose a restaurant to deliver food to their meetup. Then when people RSVP yes to the meetup they automatically get an email telling them that their meetup is ordering food. The email includes a link where they can go to place their own order. They then pay the host for their order through Dwolla, and the day before the meetup the host goes in and places the final order on his credit card. Everybody's food shows up exactly what they ordered, and exactly what they paid for at the meetup.
Word of mouth is a powerful marketing tool, and businesses (not to mention the consumers), can benefit greatly from helpful reviews. Popyoular is an editorial review-based recommendation and discovery platform. It's aimed specifically at film, music, books and games. The idea is to connect a website's good content with trusted reviews and opinions about that content, helping to keep users engaged and directing them to things they may otherwise have overlooked. Popyoular's API makes it possible for developers to integrate this functionality into any other website.
Landlubbers, you better get your sea legs ready, international talk like a pirate day is fast approaching on Wednesday September 19th! What started as a joke among a few friends in 2002 has grown into an international phenomenon. Here's what you need to know to bring you up to speed with all the recent technological advances to enable your talk like a pirate revelry. First off is the ArrrPI for translating the language of landlubbers into the parlance of pirates.
Can dealing with a difficult API provider be like trying to solve the puzzles in a classic text adventure game? In an amusing blog post entitled The Quest for the UPS API over at Ruby Discoveries and Idioms, the trials and tribulations of dealing with the United Parcel Service API has been parodied as an old-school adventure game.