Application Programming Interfaces

Web based application programming interfaces (APIs) are nothing new, however since late 2004 many popular new offerings on the web have included public APIs that have increased their awareness and usage on the internet.

The Search Engine Experiment

Over at they have set up a sort of 'blind taste test' between MSN, Yahoo! and Google where you enter a search term or phrase, and it returns the first three results from each engine. You then have the option of choosing (blindly) the most relevant set of results, which they are tabulating... Read more »

Retrotag Your Weblog - Tagging with the Yahoo! and Tagyu APIs (part 2)

Assuming that you read part 1 of this article, we're going to jump right into action. Update: The downloadable code has been updated to reflect that Tagyu now allows registration. Once you have a username and password, you can hit the Tagyu server as quickly as you want, although you are capped at... Read more »

Retrotag Your Weblog - Tagging with the Yahoo! and Tagyu APIs (part 1)

Part two will be delayed until tomorrow (the 25th), as there seems to be some weird error cropping up for only that post. Strange but true, perhaps in the light of day tomorrow the problem resolves itself :-) Preamble A little twist for this API review. After the last three API posts ran a little... Read more »

Build a Site Search with the MSN Search API

Search APIs The last two articles in this series have looked at the Yahoo! and Google search APIs. The Google and MSN APIs both use SOAP, and the process for acquiring data is quite similar, therefore this instalment will be an overview of using the MSN API, and will look a lot like the Google article. Getting... Read more »

Build a Site Search with the Google Search API

A quick note before getting into the meat of the article. If you happened to make it thru last week's lengthy instalment, you should be well prepared for this article. I'm going to do my best to make this one a bit more concise, so that readers can get to playing with the API. Apologies if it seems that... Read more »

Build a Site Search with Yahoo! Search Web Services

Note: The script available at the end of the article was updated on 2005-11-16 due to a small undefined index. Yahoo! Web Services Yahoo! provides APIs for many of the services that it offers, all housed under the Yahoo! Developer Network. These include Flikr, Maps, Music, Search, Search Marketing,... Read more »


Background This post forms part of a series on APIs. Read the background on the API series. Application Programming Interfaces For the uninitiated, the term API can be a little daunting, but they need not worry. Lets have a look at Wikipedia: An application programming interface (API) is... Read more »

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The PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks

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