Yahoo today announced the Yahoo! Search Developer Network - a new one-stop source to provide developers with access to web service application programming interfaces (APIs) related to Yahoo search products and Overture.
Additionally, the Yahoo! Search Developer Network provides application developers with sample code and tools to share ideas and expertise, as well as the ability to showcase applications written and distributed by developers.
"We have worked closely with the development community to create a new program designed to stimulate open discussion, experimentation and development of new search applications," said Dr. David Ku, director of engineering, Yahoo! Search. "We believe that it is critical to provide the development community with both the search APIs and interactive resources to help foster the discovery of innovative applications leveraging Yahoo! Search Technology."
The Search Developer Network from Yahoo will include APIs related to the following Yahoo products: Web search, image search, video search, news search, local search, spelling correction, related searches and Overture.
In addition to providing the APIs, the Yahoo! Search Developer Network also enables developers to share knowledge through an interactive online community that features: mailing lists and discussion groups dedicated to each API, an application showcase, a weblog, and a "wiki" that provides developers with the ability to ask questions, share ideas and provide feedback on how best to utilize the APIs.
In addition to providing web search services, the Yahoo Search Developer Network provides public access to the API that Overture has provided to its partners since 2001. The program allows search engine marketers, direct advertisers and other third party developers to build applications that interact directly with Overture's products and tools to manage and analyze search marketing campaigns.