Yahoo offers an SDK in Objective C language to integrate social features in iPhone devices. Because some users prefer a portable device, this kit can help to create applications to connect using directories and lists of contacts. Requirements include Xcode development tools, OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or higher, and iPhone Sample Code. iPhone OS 2.0+ is optional. To develop, users can obtain a new client-based application ID and OAuth consumer key and secret. They can also access the sample code available on GitHub. The social directory part of the SDK contains 2 APIs and enables applications to include user profiles, interests, contact info, age, gender, location, and photo. Accessing the contacts API, projects can encompass features of social relationships between Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Messenger, Yahoo Mobile, and third party applications.
With developers already sourcing code snippets to cut and paste into their dev projects, Runnable has launched to provide a “YouTube of code” social network. Runnable have calculated there are over 200 million code searches each month, as developers look to stand on the shoulders of giants – or at least each other – when creating quick, workable solutions to include in their projects.
It's a good time to be a Facebook developer, because the social network keeps adding new ways to interact with their Facebook platform. Along with the create application API we covered, there's an improved events interface and the long-awaited ads API.
The tagline of the Times Open blog is "All the news that's fit to printf()", and that clever play on the paper's motto gains more credence with each new API released. In February the Times introduced the Newswire API, which "provides an up-to-the-minute stream of published items" from the paper of record, and the New York State Legislature API for tracking the political maneuverings in Albany.