Worth reading if you work on or with APIs at any level.
This could save a lot of bandwidth and user CPU over time: “If a page is minimized or hidden behind another tab, it may not make sense to continue functionality such as polling the server for updates or performing an animation. The Page Visibility API aims to give developers information about whether or not the page is visible to the user.”
A scalable, hosted API for realtime push messaging for Web and mobile apps, that is powered by HTML5 WebSockets. The pricing looks pretty good too.
“How do I start?
Sign up for a API key
Read the developer documentation
Play with the API in the Code Playground
A “database of over 2000 open web APIs and thousands of applications people have built with them “
The Guardian just released a news feed plugin for WordPress as a part of its Open Platform initiative, making it easy for anyone to post Guardian stories to their WordPress-powered site in full, images and all. They’re working on other platforms as well.
Oh, and did I mention ads? Because they’re including ads and performance tracking in the stories too.
If you aren’t familiar with The Guardian’s efforts on the Web, you should be. They have an absolutely amazing team of developers building out their platform, which includes a content API, politics API and curated data sets.
As they put it “Our vision is to weave the Guardian into the fabric of the Internet, to become ‘of’ the web rather than ‘on’ the web.”