Apigee helps developers dig deep into the Twitter and Facebook APIs

September 23, 2010 | Robert Scoble

If you’re a developer using Facebook or Twitter, you need to use the APIs. But how do you learn what those APIs do? You could look it up, but wouldn’t it be much better if you had a tool that lets you look at those APIs live, as the data is going by? How about a tool that helps you build these systems, and debug them?

Apigee does all that, with products for developers and providers, as well as a platform. “It lets you see the structure of what your program would see in the Twitter API,” says Sam Ramji, VP of Strategy at Apigee. “Everyone thinks the Twitter API is 140 characters, like Twitter, but that’s not true. There’s all these other fields, all this other data: annotations, location, the client that it was sent from. It actually ends up being like a kilobyte per tweet, instead of 140 characters.”

Apigee lets you get a fascinating peek behind the tweet, a glimpse that makes clear how Twitter or Facebook really work: all the data that’s available, and how it fits together.

“As a developer, if you are reading the documentation to get that, as opposed to seeing it stream by in a way that really makes sense to you, then it’s much harder to write applications that behave properly,” says Ramji. “So what the console has done is give people a bike to ride, rather than a book to read about how to ride a bike. We’ve found that people in the Twitter development community really pick up the tool and crank it up.”

More info:
Apigee web site: http://www.apigee.com
Twitter API test console: http://app.apigee.com/console/twitter
Facebook API test console: http://app.apigee.com/console/facebook
Apigee blog: http://apigee.com/blog
Apigee profile on CrunchBase: http://www.crunchbase.com/product/apigee

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Sam Ramji September 23, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Thanks to Robert for the video and interview (as well as the indomitable Rocky behind the scenes).

Abraham – it’s been great to get your feedback on the tools and we’re psyched to roll them out in the next couple of releases. Thanks!

Abraham Williams September 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Great look at Apigee and the awesome tools they provide developers. I have been using the console for debugging a while now and love it.

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