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RhymeBrain is a service made to help writers, or anyone else for that matter, find rhymes for words, make new portmanteaus, and alliterate well. When writing with figurative language, or writing poems, such a tool can be very helpful for a writer who's currently stuck. It might also be helpful for such things as computer generated literature, but for that, you'd want a robust API with full access to the database. Well, you're in luck, because it does indeed exist.
We head into the weekend with a review of the stories we couldn’t cover with a look at what what going on in the world of APIs. We cover news of Fastly releasing an API allowing content providers to more efficiently purge content, Facebook's migration path for gaming developers using Flash and more.
Roistr is a project that’s smaller than our typical API feature. It shows the falling barrier to entry in the API world even in a the demanding academic area of natural language processing and semantic analysis. The primary Roistr API function is a “best match” engine. It offers an interesting use case to demonstrate the relevance of the service: take a Twitter username and use tweets from this account to find content most relevant to the user’s interests.