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August 11th, 2007

By RBA - August 11th, 2007, 2:19, Category: General

Well, the coRank API is finally here!!

This is the very first version of the coRank API. At this moment it provides a handful of basic calls, but there's a lot more funtionality on the way.

And of course, the coRank API is not limited to the main coRank site, but it is available to any and all coRank sites, and best of all, if you already have a coRanking site, you don't need to do anything. The API is already available at your coRanking site, and you can see its specific API documentation by selecting the API option in the left menu of your site.

For example, the API documentation for the Almost Everything iPhone site is here. Also, if you have your coRanking site under your own domain, same thing. It's there for you to use however you like. You can find, for example, the MapMole API documentation right here.

One of the neatest things about the API and coRank in general is that, because you can already edit certain areas of your coRanking site however you like, you could develop a tool using the API and apply it right into your coRanking site, effectively adding new widgets and functionality to your coRanking site. Of course, you can also create apps to use in your own blog or however you like.

One thing to note is that this first version of the API is read-only. That is, you can read data from your coRanking site, but you cannot use the API to write things. In other words, you can read data from stories, users, who voted what, comments, etc. but cannot use the API to cast a vote, submit a story or a comment.

We left the "write" part of the API for the next version, coming very soon. But even before the next version comes out, we're already working on a new group of "read-only" calls to provide even more functionality and flexibility very soon, so check this blog often.

Now that the first version of the API is finally out there, there's only two things we'd love to hear from you. One is of course that if you build something interesting, let us know. We might feature them here in the blog, or even build a repository of cool apps developed using the API.

The other thing is, if you start using the API and feel that something is missing, or would like to have an API call that does something in particular, then by all means let us know.

As always, you can contact us either by posting a comment here in the blog, or by using our contact form.

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