Teleporter's Google Maps API integration will take you away. Preview available for Microsoft Office 365 API tools. Plus: PagerDuty API lets you hack your on-call status, Microsoft to compete with Amazon cloud to cloud, and 7 new APIs.
The Teleporter's Google Maps API: To Boldly Go Where You've Never Gone Before
Forget throwing darts at a map. Jim Andrews has created a teleporter that will land you randomly somewhere on earth, thanks to a clever integration of the Google Maps API and Streetview. Using it is so simple that it could put Star Trek's Scotty out of work. You start in a Tardis out of the Dr. Who show in London (first graphic). Then... click teleport and get this: and another click and so on... According to Adele Peters at Fastcompany,
“The Tardis is a little unreliable--you’re not quite sure where or when you’re going,” says creator Jim Andrews. Like the Tardis, when a person clicks the “teleport” button on the Teleporter, he could end up anywhere--the algorithm calculates a random latitude and longitude somewhere on Earth, and then finds the closest panoramic photo in Google’s archives.
But how random is it? In two tests where I clicked teleport 15 times each, I had two photos appear in each test. And at least one photo was the same one I had seen in other reports on the integration. Given that randomness does include clusters, it would take a lot of testing to determine just how random these cyberspace dart throws are. But it sure is fun--and an interesting use of Google's Streetview. I feel like I've had a mini vacation--could this disrupt the tourist industry?
Microsoft Office 365 Gives Preview of API Tools
Microsoft is releasing a preview of its APIs for Office 365. That means they are available for comment but not for production. They will change based in part on feedback by developers. With the APIs, developers can consume Office 365 services, add libraries, classes for authentication, add sample code that demonstrates best practices, and is designed for adding Office 365 APIs to existing applications. It is available for both C# and VB.NET projects, MVC Web Apps and Windows 8.1 apps, and can configure new services at any time. According to Microsoft's blog for Office developers post,
Office 365 APIs enable developers to integrate Office resources (such as calendars, contacts, mail, files, and profile information) directly into their custom applications. For example, with Office 365 APIs, a native WinRT application could add calendar appointments directly into a user's Exchange calendar or send mail on behalf of the user. Similarly, a web application with export functionality could now offer a "Save to OneDrive" option, saving a user's files directly to their SharePoint "My Documents" folder.
The blog post offers a set-by-step walk through of all the features listed above. A followup post is promised that will discuss how a code generator tool generates code, and how it can be used.
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