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Re: APIs to work with data on the web

From: Laufer <laufer@globo.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:19:22 -0300
Message-ID: <CA+pXJihULRmaAjt8EMQ__JeBwjTp6uVfbdJXj2JSgnUny59H5g@mail.gmail.com>
To: "public-dwbp-wg@w3.org" <public-dwbp-wg@w3.org>
Hi All,

I listed some links of this thread:
How to Design a Good API & Why it Matters
https://www.youtube..com/watch?v=aAb7hSCtvGw<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAb7hSCtvGw>
http://ruben.verborgh.org/blog/2013/11/29/the-lie-of-the-api/
http://www.socrata.com/
Open Data Fragments (Ruben Verborgh) is a very interesting work too:
http://linkeddatafragments.org/

All these links talk about important features of APIs. As Joshua Bloch
pointed in his presentation, we have diverse APIs layers to build an
application. Today is very commom to develop a mashup using a set of APIs
to compose a final result. Even a SPARQL endpoint could be seen as an API
with a very flexible way of passing parameters to obtain some data as a
result.

The difference of Open Data Access APIs (I don't know what would be the
term) could be that the state of the world does not change(I know it is a
very strong assertion). We don't have tasks predefined. The requests are
only for data. The only "task" is to obtain data. All other kinds of tasks
would be implemented by applications built by developers or tools that use
Open Data Access APIs.

So we could think in this kind of APIs and think in what should be a very
basic set of funcionalities provided to the developers, considering all
types of Open Data.

The Use Case included by Deirdre is excellent to group all these issues.

It's a very good discussion.

Best Regards,
Laufer



2014-03-17 12:34 GMT-03:00 Steven Adler <adler1@us.ibm.com>:

> Excellent use case which begins to explore and spell out the advantages
> and trade-offs of using API's to access Open Data.  I would like to explore
> this topic in greater detail.  My own personal preference is data access by
> HTTP and URI, because it provides a common interface for humans and
> machines.  But are there performance implications?
>
>
> Best Regards,
>
> Steve
>
> Motto: "Do First, Think, Do it Again"
>
>
>  From: "Lee, Deirdre" <Deirdre.Lee@deri.org> To: Newton Calegari <
> newton@nic.br>, Makx Dekkers <mail@makxdekkers.com> Cc: "
> public-dwbp-wg@w3.org" <public-dwbp-wg@w3.org> Date: 03/17/2014 11:19 AM
> Subject: RE: APIs to work with data on the web
> ------------------------------
>
>
>
> Hi all,
>
> Very interesting article indeed and related to discussions we're currently
> having with developers as part of Open Data Ireland on how best to
> publish/use machine-readable data.
>
> I've added a use-case on it *https://www.w3.org/2013/dwbp/wiki/Use_Cases*<https://www.w3.org/2013/dwbp/wiki/Use_Cases>Please feel free to add points or pick up on nuances of the conversation
> that I missed. Perhaps we could break this into multiple use-cases to look
> at each of the aspects in more detail?
>
> Cheers,
> Deirdre
>
>
> *From:* Newton Calegari [mailto:newton@nic.br <newton@nic.br>]
> * Sent:* 17 March 2014 13:19
> * To:* Makx Dekkers
> * Cc:* public-dwbp-wg@w3.org
> * Subject:* Re: APIs to work with data on the web
>
> Hi Laufer, I didn't know the Socrata.
> Thanks for share the link, Makx. Very interesting text and point of view
> about APIs.
>
> BR,
>
> Newton
>
> Em 14/03/2014, (s) 15:58, Makx Dekkers <*mail@makxdekkers.com*<mail@makxdekkers.com>>
> escreveu:
>
>
> For a different perspective on APIs, see this:
> *http://ruben.verborgh.org/blog/2013/11/29/the-lie-of-the-api/*<http://ruben.verborgh.org/blog/2013/11/29/the-lie-of-the-api/>
>
> Makx.
>
> *From:* Newton Calegari [*mailto:newton@nic.br* <newton@nic.br>]
> * Sent:* Thursday, March 13, 2014 6:03 PM
> * To:* *public-dwbp-wg@w3.org* <public-dwbp-wg@w3.org>
> * Subject:* APIs to work with data on the web
>
> Hi all,
>
>           Last week, Yaso and I were talking about APIs and how they are
> important in all aspects of data on the web. APIs are one of the simplest
> ways to access and to distribute data across the web, and we think that is
> an important subject to be discussed on the WG.
>           To talk about APIs, we obviously need to discuss about URI and
> descriptors. Carrasco written the first document [*1*<http://www.w3.org/2013/dwbp/wiki/Data_on_the_Web_URI_Best_Practices>]
> about it, besides there are a few messages discussing it.
>           Moreover, I want to share some links I consider relevant and
> useful to discuss about this topic.
>           Joshua Bloch, a software engineer and former *Googler*,
> published an article on InfoQ [*2*<http://www.infoq.com/articles/API-Design-Joshua-Bloch?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=buffer36801&utm_medium=twitter#.UvbdCPy0BT0.delicious>]
> site and made a presentation called "How to Design a Good API & Why it
> Matters" [*3* <http://www.infoq.com/presentations/effective-api-design>]
> (other Jushua's presentation about the same subject, but the video is
> hosted on YouTube [*4* <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAb7hSCtvGw>]).
> These links are very interesting and I recommend to all of you, even who is
> already expert in API design.
>
> [1] Data on the Web URI Best Practices:
> *http://www.w3.org/2013/dwbp/wiki/Data_on_the_Web_URI_Best_Practices*<http://www.w3.org/2013/dwbp/wiki/Data_on_the_Web_URI_Best_Practices>
> [2] Joshua Bloch: Bumper-Sticker API Design:
> *http://www.infoq.com/articles/API-Design-Joshua-Bloch?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=buffer36801&utm_medium=twitter#.UvbdCPy0BT0.delicious*<http://www.infoq.com/articles/API-Design-Joshua-Bloch?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=buffer36801&utm_medium=twitter#.UvbdCPy0BT0.delicious>
> [3] How to Design a Good API & Why it Matters:
> *http://www.infoq.com/presentations/effective-api-design*<http://www.infoq.com/presentations/effective-api-design>
> [4] How to Design a Good API & Why it Matters (YouTube version):
> *https://www.youtube..com/watch?v=aAb7hSCtvGw*<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAb7hSCtvGw>
>
> Best Regards,
> Newton
>
>
>


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