The past year that I’ve spent with AdaptiveBlue has been very exciting for me, being part of the team that brought Glue and the Glue API to reality. What excites me now is seeing what you, the developer community, can come up with.
The Glue API provides you with a unique toolset to close the gap between what your computer can do and what you want it to do. Although there is much data on the web today, it is largely unstructured and unlinked. The Glue API attempts to overlay some structure onto the most popular sites around the web.
The two methods I find most interesting in the Glue API are object/get and object/links:
object/get provides a direct translation between a URL and the object it represents. Given the URL of any of the hundreds of sites Glue understands, the API will return as much rich metadata as possible. So for a movie, for example, you would be returned the title, director, release year, actors, and description, all in nicely formatted XML or JSON.
object/links is almost the inverse function. It uses the aggregate browsing experience of our users to find as many URLs representing an object as it can. So, given the URL for an object on one site (or the objectKey), the API will provide you with a list of URLs representing that same object around the web.
So now I wait with baited breath to see what you can come up with. If you have any comments/concerns/requests, feel free to e-mail me at mark [at] adaptiveblue [dot] com.
Have fun and, most importantly, happy hacking!