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Unusual APIs

I have become obsessed with cool and unusual web APIs, especially those that interact with the real world (read or write). Help me find some more. [more inside]
posted by LiteOpera on Oct 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Website - Shopping Cart API Recommendation?

I am looking to set up a website that sells directly to customers, but also to wholesale accounts which will require registration and verification prior to being given discounts. If anyone has any good recommendations for an API that supports this well, please let me know! [more inside]
posted by cccp47 on Jun 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Can Google Harvest Data from the Google Map API?

The question came up about our use of the Google Map API. We have Google maps which we populate with XML data. Can Google harvest that data when a user views it? For example: a map is showing employees, their locations and their salaries (fictitious example).
posted by rmmcclay on May 27, 2013 - 2 answers

Is there a strategy game with a ret-conned API to it?

For basically my whole teen-to-adult life I have wanted to write AI for video games as a hobby. Mostly games of the overhead strategy type, think Red Alert, Warcraft (not World Of), Starcraft and so forth. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Mar 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Repurposing your Facebook backup

It's now relatively easy to backup your Facebook account. I'm wondering if there are any apps or scripts that allow one to manipulate that data. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Feb 17, 2013 - 3 answers

I need to learn the basics of APIs

I'm a web developer who is very capable with HTML and CSS, but that's about it. I am fairly comfortable with SQL, but now I need to learn to develop an API. I'd like to read a good book on the subject. Is there such a book? All I can find are things that explain why an API is useful, or things that assume you already know what you're doing in order to build/use an API.
posted by dylan_k on Feb 11, 2013 - 11 answers

Software to find resale values of music CDs

I want to help a relative sell a collection of CDs. Is there any software that takes UPCs or other identifying information and automatically checks Amazon, Spun.com, eBay, etc., for current resale prices?
posted by espertus on Dec 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Embed print-on-demand order form on site?

Print-on-demand that will print both my shirt and poster designs... from a purchase form embedded on my website? [more inside]
posted by pavane on Dec 7, 2012 - 1 answer

Unserializing Wordpress data into JSON

I'm building a Javascript application that will do cool things with JSON data dumped from a client's Wordpress. It's working great except for parts that are in this PHP-style serialized data that I can't figure out how to deal with in Javascript. Can someone recommend a good method for this? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Nov 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Does anyone know a quicker or more automatic way to get articles downloaded on Mendeley desktop?

My boss (neuroscience professor) wants me to import all of her authored online journal articles (in PDF form) into Mendeley desktop. So far, I’ve been using PubMed to click on each article of hers, then accessing the PDFs through the specific journals (behind the paywall), and then downloading the papers one by one. Does anyone know a quicker or more automatic way to get articles downloaded on Mendeley desktop? Perhaps through an API? Also, does anyone know a way to quickly / automatically import citations that are used within an online journal article?
posted by kirsti on Oct 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Filipino != Asian in California?

Does anyone know the origin of why, in California schools, the state has a a separate ethnic classification of "Filipino" yet major ethnicities like Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans are lumped into an "Asian" subgroup? [more inside]
posted by jaimev on Oct 24, 2012 - 19 answers

Bowled a Googley

Help me prepare for "Geo for Good Down Under" at Google HQ Australia. Details on my spatial tech knowledge inside. [more inside]
posted by micklaw on Oct 23, 2012 - 2 answers

How do I grab all tweets from a hashtag?

How do I download all tweets associated with a particular hashtag? [more inside]
posted by special-k on Aug 19, 2012 - 2 answers

Help selecting the right PayPal API calls?

I want to use PayPal to implement two different ways of payment. The API set is confusing enough that I don't know where to start. I need some direction as to which API set to use. [more inside]
posted by Drasher on Jul 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Securely storing OAuth credentials as a provider?

How do you securely store OAuth credentials as a provider? (1.0a, 2-legged) [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki on Jul 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Google maps embeds ≠ $$$ ?

Can anybody confirm for me that I can embed a Google Map on a commercial website in an iframe, without hitting the 25,000 request limit on the Google Maps API, or incurring a lawsuit? [more inside]
posted by randomination on Jun 29, 2012 - 7 answers

How do I embed code from the Facebook Api to get something like this working on my site?

How do I embed code from the Facebook API to get something like this working on my site? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Jun 12, 2012 - 2 answers

Google maps API explanation

Can someone explain google maps API to me? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers on May 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Fitbit API

I just bought a Fitbit and I want to play around with their API. [more inside]
posted by JPowers on May 24, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I create a blog that autoposts specific content when I post it at another site?

How does the Metafilter Deleted Threads blog pull info and then publish it automatically? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 20, 2012 - 8 answers

To API or not to API

Should my ASP .Net website have an API? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2012 - 5 answers

What are Java deliverables?

Java: What are the expectations of deliverables for an SDK/API/library? [more inside]
posted by plinth on Dec 16, 2011 - 4 answers

If dev then hire

What skills do I look for in an developer? What do I test? [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Dec 6, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I easily make a few bulk Twitter lists?

My organization has 193 Twitter accounts we'd like to organize in lists on our flagship account. I want to copy-and-paste in a flat text list of Twitter handles (one on each line) and then click a button to make a list containing all of those accounts. How can I do this?
posted by Hammerikaner on Oct 21, 2011 - 2 answers

Automated trading API?

Single-user programming API for stock and option screening, back trading, paper trading, and ultimately fully automated trading? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Fax for web app

I need to integrate faxing with my web application, and I am having a brutal time finding one that allows the ability to send, receive and (maybe most importantly) create user accounts programmatically (via API). Any ideas?
posted by Kellster on Aug 9, 2011 - 1 answer

Help me understand interacting with a RESTful API, please

I'm tired of using other people's modules for interacting with websites' APIs. But I can't seem to quite wrap my head around using JSON with a website/cgi script I haven't designed. Are there any good tutorials that talk over how to build a JSON file to send to a RESTful API and then do what you want, preferably generalized so I'm not searching for a new one for each website? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Aug 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Did I already upload this image? Let's check... (40 minutes later) Screw it, I have no idea.

Is there a way to sort my Tumblr so that it will show me which images i have personally uploaded, not reblogged from someone else? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Jul 2, 2011 - 2 answers

Twitter ranking for beginners

Help me rank Twitter users fast. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on May 23, 2011 - 2 answers

What's the best way to data mine Twitter?

I'm looking to start a prototype research project to look for trends in Twitter data. I've had a look through the API docs and with a lot of sharpening my python chops (?) I think it does what I want. But: does the API give me access to every query possible and I just have to learn how to use it, or is there some kind premium API so that e.g. analytics companies can pay for better access? I know about the API call limit, I'm wondering about things like the completeness of any search results, or fields/queries available. Any recommended resources also much appreciated.
posted by cromagnon on May 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Proximity calculation on facebook

Can you find how "close" you are to any specific person on facebook using an API (e.g., something very similar to linked-in where it shows how many degrees you are away from someone?) [more inside]
posted by mtstover on Feb 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Tumblr 'likes' via RSS

I want my tumblr 'likes' to be readable via RSS. Tumblr does allow you to export your data (including 'likes') by xml or json via their API. Unfortunately I have no clue how to get started and would appreciate any help. Thanks.
posted by nam3d on Feb 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Give me examples of web services that make something happen in the physical world

Give me examples of web services that make something happen in the physical world (e.g. send a letter, make a phone call) [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Feb 4, 2011 - 28 answers

How can I pull political data into my website?

How can I find out United States political information, such as Senators, current elections, and so on, for visitors of my website, in as automatic a way as possible? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 on Dec 31, 2010 - 8 answers

API to create nice slideshow

I have been searching the Internet like crazy trying to find an API or software development tool that would allow me to create nice slideshows, out of a group of photos, from one of my programs. [more inside]
posted by JohnGL on Nov 25, 2010 - 4 answers

How to use the new Google Custom Search API for a map application?

How can I do a Google Maps local search app now that the AJAX local search API has been deprecated? [more inside]
posted by starvingartist on Nov 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Display Flickr thumbnails in a large grid

I'm looking for a tool to display Flickr thumbnails in a large grid [more inside]
posted by razorfrog on Oct 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Trending Topics for news stories

I'm looking for something like Twitter Trending Topics, but for news topics. [more inside]
posted by andrewpendleton on Sep 15, 2010 - 5 answers

All your data are belong to CURL

Where can I lookup the future earnings reports date of a given company by ticker. [more inside]
posted by sourbrew on Aug 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Web based email parser?

Free web based email parser/regex based filter? [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks on Apr 28, 2010 - 2 answers

When I said "bird's eye view", that's not quite what I meant....

How can I easily combine small digital maps (and potentially other isomorphic 2D images) into one large composite? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Mar 15, 2010 - 8 answers

What's the best way to hire a web developer for a one-off project?

What's the best way to hire a web developer for a one-off project? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Can't pull my flickr stream

I am putting up a public profile on google and I'm having trouble getting google to pull my photos from flickr. [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest on Feb 14, 2010 - 6 answers

How to send phone pics to a spartan web site via Flickr?

What's a minimal self-hosted "blog" that hooks into Flickr's API so I can send photos from my camera directly to my web site? [more inside]
posted by ehamiter on Dec 20, 2009 - 11 answers

Pseudo-geeks, Google Maps, bus routes and the quest for happiness.

How complicated is it to create a bus map on the Google Maps API? [more inside]
posted by eytanb on Dec 6, 2009 - 5 answers

Utilising the Twitter API

Where to start: extracting images from a Twitter search and presenting them on a webpage? [more inside]
posted by nostrich on Oct 26, 2009 - 3 answers

Google AdWords via Database?

Anyone know of a way to set up a Google AdWords account so that ads and keywords can be uploaded in bulk (as a database)? [more inside]
posted by dacoit on Aug 20, 2009 - 6 answers

What charities have APIs or allow users to write programs that donate to them

Is there any non-profit or charity that allows you to programatically donate? E.g. I run a website and when users do certain things, I'd like to say "proceeds from such actions go to a good cause." Right now, I'm doing it by hand. I've seen Kiva come out with an API, but it's mainly for showing off their transactions, no money changes hands. I'm sure charities take PayPal?
posted by racecar on Aug 7, 2009 - 7 answers

PHP -> Twitter API at specified times: what am I Doing Wrong?

Please help me write a PHP script that publishes Twitter updates at pre-specified times. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Jul 29, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I hook Windows desktop folder clicks?

I'd like to write a program for Windows XP that detects when a folder on the desktop is clicked and switches the desktop location to that folder, instead of the default Explorer behavior of opening the folder in a window. [more inside]
posted by long on Jun 27, 2009 - 12 answers

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