April 26, 2016
Single purpose API
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Text extractor Alchemy has added a new, useful feature to its arsenal of text mining services available via its Alchemy API. Author Extraction allows developers programmatic access to the author information on any news or blog site, regardless of whether it's available in a structured way.
The team at Intel Mashery has helped launch more than 200 customer API programs, and has identified a few key steps that can encourage an overall API launch with the potential to generate new revenue streams, increase innovation and drive business development.
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.