December 26, 2019
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One of the major purposes of a Web API is to expose a structured content that you can use in your own app, create some great mashup and share it with your friends. But what do you do if a popular app does not expose any API? If you're a developer, you write code to scrapes the app's content and transform it to a format you need. It's admittedly murky legal territory, but ScraperWiki makes that process easier by providing a console and an API to access the data you collect.
Quick: name that huge search engine you use a lot that starts with G but isn't...Google. (Hint: it's a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony.) Right. It's Gracenote, the folks who help you identify all those tracks in your music library. Okay, it's not exactly a search engine in the conventional sense. But it does have 130 million tracks and TV listings across 28 countries. And it handles 15 billion queries a month. We've covered Gracenote's earlier APIs in a previous column.
Back in May 2011 Canadian YPG launched their developer ecosystem, which Programmableweb covered at the time, "to support and stimulate startup innovation in the local search and location based services market, including a certified developer program and four ways to monetize applications." Fast forward 20 months and the ecosystem now has 2,300 API-related partners, according to Mashery's Devon Biondi.