A great one-page intro to microformats (h-card in particular), complete with a parser that exports JSON. Bookmark this for future reference.
Sunday, June 18th, 2017
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
RSS isn’t dead, but it has metamorphosed into JSON.
I don’t know if syndication feeds have yet taken on their final form, but they’re the canonical example of 927ing.
Anyway, I’ve gone ahead and added some JSON feeds to adactio.com:
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Remember mashups? Mashups were cool.
If you fancy partying like it’s nineteen ninety web 2.0, here’s a growing list of public APIs that return JSON.
Monday, March 21st, 2016
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
Saturday, November 30th, 2013
I agree completely with the sentiment of this article (although the title is perhaps a bit overblown): you shouldn’t need a separate API—that’s what you’re existing URL structure should be.
I’m not entirely sure that content negotiation is the best way to go when it comes to serving up different representations: there’s a real value in being able to paste a URL into a browser window to get back a JSON or XML representation of a resource.
But this is spot-on about the ludicrous over-engineered complexity of most APIs. It’s ridiculous that I can enter a URL into a browser window to get an HTML representation of my latest tweets, but I have to sign up for an API key and jump through OAuth hoops, and agree to display the results in a specific way if I want to get a JSON representation of the same content. Ludicrous!
Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
Design principles for APIs.
An API is a user interface for developers. Put the effort in to ensure it’s not just functional but pleasant to use.
Thursday, May 20th, 2010
A handy interface onto The Guardian's new API.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
Friday, January 16th, 2009
Yahoo's RESTful query language can now parse microformats. This is excellent news ...although I'm personally finding it tough to wrap my head around the documentation. It's certainly trickier than hKit but then, it's almost certainly more powerful too.
Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
Wait till I come! Â» Blog Archive Â» Detecting and displaying the information of a logged-in twitter user
Clever or creepy? You decide.
Sunday, October 26th, 2008
The slides from Simon's excellent full-length presentation at the head conference. Every web developer needs to be aware of these issues.
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
The last project from Simon and Nat is essentially a way of viewing groups (slices of activity) on Twitter ...and it exposes a security flaw in the JSON-P API too.
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
You can know use an API (with BBAuth) to get contact Yahoo account contact details. There really is no excuse now for still using the password anti-pattern.
Tuesday, August 7th, 2007
The second part of Gareth's series for Digital Web on APIs. This time he's got some PHP code samples for parsing XML and JSON.
Friday, December 22nd, 2006
And debate goes on
The RSS vine is humming with point and counterpoint this week.
Adobe revealed their new range of icons, based on mashing up a colour wheel with the periodic table of the elements. Lots of people don’t like ‘em: Stan doesn’t; Dave doesn’t. Some people do like ‘em: Veerle does. I can’t say I’m all that keen on them but I honestly can’t muster up much strength of conviction either way.
Let us leave the designers for a moment and cast our gaze upon the hot topic amongst the techy crowd…
Dave Winer looked at JSON and didn’t like what he saw:
Gotta love em, because there’s no way they’re going to stop breaking what works, and fixing what don’t need no fixing.
Of course, this ignores the fact that the Lisp folks have been making the same argument for years, wondering why there was this great pressing need to go out and invent XML when s-expressions were just dandy.
The good thing about reinventing the wheel is that you can get a round one.
The discussion continues. Be it icons or data formats, the discourse remains remarkably civil. Perhaps it’s the seasonal spirit of goodwill. Whatever happened to the good ol’ “Mac vs. Windows”-style flame wars?
In contrast, Roger has posted a refreshingly curmudgeonesque list entitled Six things that suck about the Web in 2006. He had me nodding my head in vigourous agreement with point number six:
Over-wide, fixed width layouts. Go wide if you must. Use a fixed width if you don’t know how to make a flexible layout. But don’t do both. Horizontal scrolling, no thanks.
Perhaps I should post my own list of things about the Web that suck, but I fear it would be a never-ending roster. Instead I’ll restrict myself to one single thing, specifically related to blogs:
Ads on blogs. They suck. I find them disrespectful; like going into somebody’s house for a nice cup of tea only to have them try to flog you a nice set of encyclopedias.
Just to be clear: ads on commercial sites (magazines, resources, whatever) I understand. But on a personal site, they bring down the tone far more than any use of typography, colour or layout could ever offset.
I used to wonder why people put those “Digg this” or “Delicious this” links on their blog posts. I couldn’t see the point. But combined with google ads, I guess they make sense. They’re a way of driving traffic, eyeballs, click-through and by extension, filthy lucre. That’s fine… as long as you don’t mind being a whore.
Remember the term “Cam whore?”:
A Cam whore is a term for people who expose themselves on the Internet with webcam software in exchange for goods, usually via enticing viewers to purchase items on their wishlists or add to their online accounts.
I think it’s high time we coined the term “Blog whore” to describe people who slap google ads all over a medium intended for personal expression.
Alas, most of my friends, colleagues and co-workers are Blog whores. Scrivs manages to be Blog whore, Digg whore and pimp all at the same time with his 9 Rules bitches. In his recent round-up of blog designs, he says of Shaun’s site:
In a perfect world there are no ads, but we don’t live in that kind of world yet for the time being we can escape to the land of make believe when visiting Inman’s site.
Well, I see no reason why we can’t all live in that perfect world. In the style of Robert’s ludicrously provocative hyperbole, I hereby declare that a blog with ads isn’t really a blog. So there.
Ah, that’s better. There’s nothing like a good rant to counteract all that civilised discourse.
Happy holidays, Blog whores!
Thursday, December 21st, 2006
Great explanatory article by James Bennett comparing JSON and XML.
Dave Winer doesn't get JSON.
Simon St. Laurent writes about the victory of JSON over XML in the browser and looks forward to a future filled with XQuery.
Friday, September 29th, 2006
You can now get responses from the Flickr API formatted as JSON.