p. My friend John Herren dropped me an IM yesterday pointing me to his latest blog post,”Yahoo Pipes adds support for serialized PHP”:http://jhherren.wordpress.com/2008/04/03/yahoo-pipes-adds-support-for-serialized-php/. Not only did “Yahoo’s Pipes”:http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/ Team add support for serialized PHP but they did so within 3 days of him requesting the feature!
bq. Two points to be made: first, I’m damn impressed that one of the largest sites on the ‘net would roll a feature request from an outside developer in less than three days. Second, developers should never resist the urge to ask for help from an API provider. If a company is taking the time to support an API, chances are very good that they will listen to developers and react. I can personally say I’ve gotten immediate results from Technorati, Dapper, and now Yahoo!. So blow off the idea that a big website would never listen to little ol’ developer you.
p. by the way, if you’ve not played with “Yahoo! Pipes”:http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/ yet, it’s a seriously cool tool. It’s now a little bit cooler thanks to John and the Yahoo! Pipes team.