Phillip Pearson - web + electronics notes

tech notes and web hackery from a new zealander who was vaguely useful on the web back in 2002 (see: python community server, the blogging ecosystem, the new zealand coffee review, the internet topic exchange).


REST APIs adopting a standard format

It looks like the response structure of the BBC API is based on that of the Flickr API. I've also seen this format used in the Zoomin places/groups API.

Googling for rsp stat ok standard rest format reveals a couple more apps using the same format.

I was thinking about using this format for the REST/XML version of the PeopleAggregator API, but I had decided against it because it would be inconsistent with the XML-RPC and REST/JSON versions. But now that it seems that everyone else is using it, I guess I should reconsider :-)

Update: Michael Fagan encourages basing APIs on RSS/Atom + Atom-Pub + OpenSearch, i.e. like GData. That approach is appealing, although I expect it would be significantly more difficult to code against than an XML-RPC or JSON API.

Update 2: Looks like I got Marc worried - I've clarified this post over in his comments.