I never realized that I’d have to wait 6 years before we’d begin seeing applications that intelligently visualized application programming interfaces… but we’re finally getting there. Yahoo! Pipes launched in 2007 and had some connectors for manipulating and connecting systems, but it lacked integration with plethora of web services and APIs that were exploding across the web. Zapier is nailing it… enabling you to automate tasks between online services – currently 181! Zapier is for
DataSift is a powerful real-time social media data-filtering platform and is one of only two companies in the world with a license to make Twitter data commercially available for non-display purposes, allowing users to search for posts using metadata contained in tweets. And it does so with an incredibly beautiful interface as well as a developer console and robust API (client libraries available) with its own querying language. interaction.content ANY “HTC,Nokia,RIM,Apple,Samsung,Sony” DataSift was founded by
Over the weekend, I switched my WordPress theme back to Twenty Eleven. I can honestly say that I’m happy with the design now. I’ve tailored it to my liking and I didn’t even have to touch the code. Now don’t get me wrong, there are times when I love diving right into a theme and hacking the crap out of it, but blogging is hard enough as it is. I don’t need any added stress
Ironically, I was just speaking to an agency this morning on the complexity of theming within WordPress. For folks like us that are both PHP developers, have done a ton of themes and plugins and fully understand the WordPress API, it’s not bad. Unfortunately, that’s out of reach for some companies and individuals, though. Bottom line – having to call a developer each time you wish to modify your layout or theme can get expensive!