I love this shit, I admit it
Sunday, June 10, 2007 by Dave Winer.
I've wanted to play with the Flickr API for quite some time, so I woke up in the middle of the night (my body clock is still in Europe) and dug into the docs, which are pretty dense, but they make sense if you take it a step at a time.
As a result I've now got the OPML Editor authorized to talk to Flickr on my behalf, and of course it's coded in such a way that it'll work for all users of the OPML Editor (and Frontier and Radio) once the code is released.
I have some apps in mind, but as usual, this glue is there to make it possible for others to build on the connection, much as we connect with Google, Amazon, Wordpress and other Internet-based services.
I spent a bunch of time talking with friends in Europe about connecting our desktop environment with web services in this way. It's a callback, to the early part of the decade when I was excited about all these things that now are starting to mature. Yeah, I took a few years off, but the lights are coming back on.
What am I working on, well recent experience has taught me it's better to hold my cards a little closer to my chest. There are people who think I am working for them, but it's time for me to be working for me. Tired of being other people's business model. Actually more like fed up with it.
Anyway, I'll have a screen shot of Flickr working with the OPML Editor once I have code that uploads the screen shot to Flickr. In programming we call that one of two things: 1. Recursion or 2. Eating the dog food.