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APIs and Mashups For The Rest Of Us : Comments

By Gareth Rushgrove

June 4, 2007


Cory Duncan

June 5, 2007 12:06 PM

Great article all around! There’s a site MashupAwards that awards exceptional mashups on a daily and monthly basis.

Jonathan Danylko

June 15, 2007 5:06 AM

Great article!

I wrote something similar about what “Web 3.0” would contain and that it would be a programmer’s dream.

It’s seems mashups may be here to stay if applied properly.


Jeff Croft

July 23, 2007 7:15 AM

I can’t figure out why a site would choose to use microformats as an API over establishing a real REST API using XML, JSON, or similar. I can see adding microformats to your HTML templates as an alternative, but as a replacement? No thanks.

The article said it best itself: parsing microformatted data can be trickey. On the other hands, there are great XML and JSON parsing libraries out there for pretty much every language under the sun. Scraping data from HTML sucks, and that’s one of the main reason REST APIs became popular.

Microformats are great for micro jobs, but I think most serious programmers would lanugh in the face of an application that claimed, “Sure, we have an open API! just scrape our HTML for microformats!” It’s just not the same thing.

Jeff Croft

July 23, 2007 7:16 AM

Oh, and — I really liked this piece. :) Sorry, I got carrieed away on my little rant and forgot to mention that I think this is a great article and a topic more people need to know about. Well-done!

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