One of the great outgrowths of the Web 2.0 phenomenon has been an increased availability of Web APIs -- Internet-based services with an HTTP-based programming interface. Gone are the days when developers would furtively "scrape" HTML pages for data or useful information. Now major Web services make easier, stabler, and more open ways to read and modify data on their servers.
Stories by Evan Prodromou
The Web's business and technology elite convened for O'Reilly and Associates' third annual Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco's Palace Hotel last week. Started in 2004, the meeting lends its name to what some call a movement and others an ignorable wave of marketing hype.