An application programming interface (API) is the specification for which software is meant to be used by other software.

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Domain Lookup API

I am looking to incorporate a domain name lookup facility in my website to make sure if a domain is available or not. The only api I could find on the net is ...
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What advantages would the Twitter streaming API provide?

I'm in the very early stages of writing an application to mine through Twitter data looking for certain types of information. I've been using Twitterizer, which I have found effective in downloading ...
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Why use services (REST/SOAP) instead of a library?

Let's say you're looking at breaking up your applications into services. Are there any good reasons to adopt a SOA approach vs. just creating a library API that can be loaded by the applications that ...
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Build a Platform API for public [closed]

I am looking for some advices, resources or articles about how to expose a Platform API to outside developers. My main concern is what is the standards or best approach to do that, basically I have a ...
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Thread safe graph libraries

I am looking for a good Java Graph Library which is thread safe for concurrent access. JGraphT, JUNG, JTS are very good but again for concurrent access I will have to synchronize it externally which ...
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Is It OK to Develop Against a 3rd Party Library You Discover?

If you find out a way to interact with a web service API that is not publicly documented as available, and can emulate it within an application you develop, is it illegal to do so? Furthermore is it ...
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Is hooking Data access method on wrong object detrimental for a developer

In a simple application I am creating there are Admin and users where admin can create users. Right now I am creating Classes that encapsulate database CRUD calls with methods. For example: ...
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How to use a 3rd party web API

I am trying to understand the concept of using 3rd party web API. From what I understand so far, web API look like regular URLs with some parameters etc. Will the client program need to download and ...
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Why python library APIs are more intutive than C++ STL library APIs? [closed]

I am not sure whether it is a personal perspective or just a common feeling. I think in most cases, python's API is much more intuitive than C++ STL library APIs. If it is not a subjective ...
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Find the average speed for roads

I am working on a mobile application and I would like to ask you a question. Is there an API or a method to get/calculate the average speed that a car should have in a road. I am working on a GPS like ...
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What is the best way to comment a deprecated class in Java?

I would like to know the best way to add a comment to identify a deprecated class in Java. Should I remove the previous comment added to the top of the class that helps another programmer to know what ...
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How do you learn a language's standard framework/API/functionality?

I understand how to code. I know how to get around the basics of the languages I use regularly. I know how to write slightly-above-basic regular expressions, I can talk to databases, I can accept ...
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What ever happened to the Google AJAX Search API

I am looking to query the main Google search however all references including stackoveflow point to the Google AJAX Search API. The odd thing is that it does not seem to exist any more not even a ...
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What's the difference between an API and an SDK?

I was looking through various APIs and SDKs, when I realized that I couldn't really tell the difference between something called an API and something called an SDK. Both of them are, conceptually, a ...
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How should a web API handle misspelled/extra parameters?

Question: For a public facing web API(send HTTP Get/Post requests, get JSON/XML data back), how should parameters be handled that are either misspelled or are extra. It seems to me that if the ...
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Address validation service for a public website [closed]

Given the following scenario: There is a public website (with about 50-100 visitors a day) Visitors register for the services offered by the company who owns the website Visitors tend to give wrong ...
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What methods were used for online payments before API's and Paypal, etc

What methods (in programming/web dev terms) were used to take payments online before such things as Paypal, Google Checkout and various gateways and API's. How were such transactions carried out?
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Open Source Web-based CMS for writing and managing API documentation

This is a question that have somewhat been asked before (i.e.: How to manage an open source project's documentation). However, my question is a little different because: We're not developing open ...
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How do you remember numerous API? [duplicate]

There are lots of other APIs I need to use besides the Selenium test tool to be able to get tests working. Not using them for just one week and the mind has lost all of them. How is it possible to ...
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How to learn an API

When I find some interesting project (e.g. on GitHub) I often would like to use it and try it out to see how it works, but if there isn't a good documentation or some kind of tutorial it's hard to ...
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Why aren't more desktop apps written with Qt? [closed]

As far as I know and have understood in my experience with Qt, it's a very good and easy to learn library. It has a very well designed API and is cross-platform, and these are just two of the many ...
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Java API vs. Other APIs [closed]

I'm more at the novice end of the software developer spectrum, but nevertheless I've had exposure to quite a few programming languages and frameworks. From all the technologies I've used, I haven't ...
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API naming and namespacing

Is it right or more beautiful to name the functions with an prefix, like in Qt? Or using "many" namespaces, but 'normal' names for functions? For example, slOpenFile(); //"sl" means "some lib" vs ...
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How do you write a code analysis & refactoring tool to interface with Visual Studio?

Recently while working on a project of mine and doing some refactoring I got an idea to write a custom tool to help me analyze my code in a very specific context and perform some very custom ...
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When Interfacing with a 3rd Party API, What Can Make Things Challenging?

Reuse of components in development of software program are always exposed through the API's. Most of the products in today's world (such a facebook, google, .Net, JDK, ...) provide API's to reuse ...
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Looking for the fastest way to collect form data

I am developing an application in Flex. There are 20+ 'pages', each with its own form. I need to collect all the entered data and pass it to an API method. What I am wondering is when I should begin ...
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How do I create my own programming language and a compiler for it [closed]

I am thorough with programming and have come across languages including BASIC, FORTRAN, COBOL, LISP, LOGO, Java, C++, C, MATLAB, Mathematica, Python, Ruby, Perl, JavaScript, Assembly and so on. I ...
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How to use the APIs for different platforms?

From what I know, learning a programming language consists of : 1- Learning the syntax 2- Learning how does the language handle\use\implement its "abilities" (Classes, delegates, structs, ...
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Doing 'more' with C on Windows than very simple programs?

I'm currently learning C via 'C Primer Plus' as recommended by a lot of people here and I'm finding it very interesting - the in-depth explanations of how and why we do certain things in C are great ...
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Is deprecating a real commitment?

If you deprecate something, are you guaranteeing you will get rid of it in the next major release? Is it reasonable to take two or three releases before you get rid of it completely? Update: ...
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Terms of Service responsibility when developing a library service that wraps a 3d party API

For my own amusement and instruction I've been developing a C# / .NET library that is basically a wrapper around the Google Geocoding API. It simplifies the entire process and enables users to perform ...
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What are some good Photo and Artwork APIs?

We had an idea for starting a ecards service and were looking into the possibility of populating our site using photo/artwork APIs. Due to legal reasons, Flikr probably won't work, although I've ...
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In my API, how can I make knowing implementation details unnecessary?

Is it feasible that we have a layer of API simply for the reason so that people in the team don't have to understand the actual implementation of the individual components each of us are working on? ...
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What do programmers want in a web API?

I'm currently building a web API for popular piece of forum software (XenForo). What kind of things do developers find important in a web API? Are there certain architectures (REST, SOAP, etc.) that ...
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Facebook and Twitter authentication from Mobile Applications

I might be missing something with the Facebook and Twitter logins APIs. Something that is blocking me from understanding how they would be used in mobile applications. Both APIs seem like they need ...
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ChunkDB to handle high traffic JSON web service? Alternatives?

I am designing a high volume web service which will rely on a central database containing objects of a single JSON type. Currently I am considering using ChunkDB to store the objects and retrieve the ...
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Why were Java collections implemented with “optional methods” in the interface?

During my first implementation extending the Java collection framework, I was quite surprised to see that the collection interface contains methods declared as optional. The implementer is expected ...
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Priority value meaning

The library that I'm working on has a parameter which defines priority of a certain process. I want the interface to be as clear as possible, but it seems that different people have opposite ...
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Network application framework/API/etc

With all the web2.0 hype and webapps being all the rage, the only advantage from a corporate POV that I can think of webapps having is that it is easier to service your user base: upgrades become ...
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Why do certain code elements (classes, methods etc.) in public APIs get deprecated over time?

Today our professor discussed with the class that what "class X or method X get deprecated" means? From what I understood, it means, for example, that we are not going to get that method or class in ...
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What should I name these methods?

I have two interfaces, one with and one without generic type parameters. The non-generic interface is used internally so that I can store instances of the generic interface in a collection. All would ...
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Apache Wave API

I'd like to create an application based around Apache Wave. Where can I learn more about working with Apache Wave and/or the API for a locally running instance? At the moment, the extent of what I ...
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Strategy for designing a plugin API

I am working on an application for which a rich plugin API is crucial. What is the best process for creating an API that is intuitive and easy to learn?
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Is it smart to store application keys, ids, etc directly inside an application?

I have heard some say it isn't but they never suggest an alternative. Is this true? UPDATE Is it possible to store this external from application and have it called?
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What is the best way to remember Java APIs? [duplicate]

I have been doing Java for nearly a year now and I have difficulty remembering Java APIs and method names. What is the best way to remember them?
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API Design Question

I am currently designing a API and have come to a slight design issue and was hoping for a few other opinions. My url structure for accessing basic data from the API is: ...
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What is the best way to implement different views of one resource in RESTful manner?

Imagine, there is a resource, for example event. User is able to get list of events in HTML format. He should be able to view that list in two ways: as a list and as a calendar. How the API should ...
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Application internal API

I am currently building a small python CLI (Command Line Interface) application with ambition. In the first development phase I would concentrate on making it work through the CLI interface only, but ...
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Reverse engineering airline reservations systems

I saw an interesting conversation on here about airline reservation systems and the services that connect them (like Sabre). This is an almost identical analog to a problem I've been trying to figure ...
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Does Google Code source hosting have an API like Github [closed]

I looked and looked, and perhaps I am dense, but I could not find an API for open source projects on Google Code, similar to that offered by Github. Does it exist?