Yahoo launches Search Developer Network - new APIs

Posted on Tuesday, Mar 01 2005 @ 17:56 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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.

APIs enable developers and webmasters to easily create search-enabled applications that leverage Yahoo! Search Technology. To help developers get started quickly, the Yahoo Search Developer Network provides sample code for the most popular Web application development languages including Java, JavaScript, Perl, Python and PHP. Most APIs provide the developers with access to 5,000 queries per day per API, exceeding current competitive search API offerings.

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.


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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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