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Most developers view an API as a technical boundary – one they use to access the functionality of another component or service in order to improve their own offering. Combining several technical components together leads to an improved over all product for end-users. Open APIs, however, serve a far wider purpose within the current communications industries – they provide not just a technical boundary, but also an economic one.
The process of taking your photos and sharing them online with your friends has never been easier. There are several services available to do that today like TwitPic, YFrog and others. The success of Instagram even led to an unofficial API, which was subsequently shut down to be eventually replaced with its official API. The photo sharing services space seems ripe for the emergence of APIs, which in turn might trigger the next round of innovation from developers.
The Indix API released today makes product information available in machine-readable format from the "world's most comprehensive product intelligence platform", Indix. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Shalendra Chhabra, Director of Marketing, on the eve of the API release.