Blog posts tagged 'API'

Yahoo Term Extractor API Discontinued

Aug 14 09

A couple of days ago Yahoo announced two of its search services will be discontinued on August 31st 2009.

Annoyingly, one of those is the Term Extraction API
Which means my Windows Live Writer Auto Tag Generator plug-in will simply cease to work.

Important Announcement: The Term Extraction Web Search service will be discontinued on August 31, 2

So, what can you do.

Well, according to a few posts on twitter, Zemanta seems like a suitable replacement.

I’ll check this out, and write up a post on it soon, in the mean time, there’s an introduction here.

Reverse GeoCoding with Google API and C#

Aug 9 09

I needed to write a function to get a set of co-ordinates from an address, supplied as a string.
Using the Google API, I came up with this:

First, I created a struct, to represent the lat and lon co-ordinates:

This is a simple representation of a set of latitude and longitude co-ordinates.

The main method, which returns the above Coordinate struct is:

On line 5, you need to specify your Google API URL, in the format of:

http://maps.google.com/maps/geo?q=ADDRESS GOES HERE&output=csv&key=YOUR KEY HERE

And that’s it!

Obviously, there are usage restrictions when using the Google API for this, as outlined on the documentation pages


May 14 09

The popular url shortening service, TinyUrl has an API.

This is probably the most simple API I’ve come across:


(obviously, you can replace http://www.alexjamesbrown.com with any URL)

Freelancers.net RSS Feed

Aug 29 08

I use Freelancers.net to scout out potential freelance clients, however logging on to the site every couple of days is somewhat tedious. Much better would be to have an RSS feed to subscribe to?

Unfortunately Freelancers.net doesn’t provide one!

Not to worry, using Dapper, i have created one.
The URL for the feed is below:


Happy freelancing.