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Good API design at Twitter

Sunday, October 25, 2009 by Dave Winer.

A picture named kevin.gifI've been putting off programming with Twitter lists, but I shouldn't have.  Permalink to this paragraph

They did a really good job, as usual, with the API.  Permalink to this paragraph

The project -- convert the page of Berkeley people's tweets to run off a list instead of a special Twitter account. It turns out there's an API call that retrieves the timeline for a list, and it works exactly like the API call that retrieves the timeline for an account. So much so that I didn't even have to change the glue script, I pass in a different URL and it just worked. Permalink to this paragraph

It Just Worked™. Permalink to this paragraph

That's the Holy Grail of APIs.  Permalink to this paragraph

I am happy to criticize Twitter when I think they made a mistake, and I'm even happier to applaud when something works incredibly simply, and well.  Permalink to this paragraph

Thanks!! A picture named sidesmiley.gif Permalink to this paragraph

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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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