December 26, 2015
Single purpose API
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Recently we wrote about the wonders of PubSubHubBub and what was possible when services push data, in real time, to external web apps. Twitter's Stream API makes it clear that we're headed towards an exciting and very real-time web. Now YouTube is along for the ride.
As far as web search tools go, few have generated as much hype as Wolfram Alpha. The service, which bills itself as a "computational knowledge engine," differs from search engines such as Google, in that it does not return lists of web pages. Rather, Wolfram Alpha attempts to calculate answers to user queries. For example, a query of "los angeles county median household income" will return the result "$43,518."
Your web application is all shiny and new - it uses the perfect combination of the new cutting edge API everyone’s talking about, and a few old standbys. The only problem? You keep refreshing the page to see if something happened. You know, if someone signed up, or posted, or commented - or whatever it is your application does. Those real-time APIs are for much more than just the sample chat applications.