So far, Paul Hunkin's bot has bought him two sets of camera batteries, a gift bag, a USB extension cord, a 1955 stamped envelope and a smattering of other items. Hunkin, you see, decided to bring an XKCD cartoon to life by programming a bot that automatically purchases cheap items using a New Zealand auction site's Trade Me API... because packages are exciting.
This article is the first of a three part series from MLSDev that shows you how to build an eCommerce API using Ruby on Rails. In this part, readers are shown how to set up your API to populate your online store with the products that you will be selling. A Github project accompanies this series.