Last week Matt Mullenweg asked me a few questions about the Yahoo! Web Search API and Yahoo! Site Search. It turned out that he was looking for a better way to provide search for WordPress.org and thought we had just what he needed.
A few days later, I find out that he was right. In New WP.org Search, he writes about implementing the new search support:
I went to the site to see how much of a pain it would be so I could start properly procrastinating, but I was taken aback by how incredibly easy it was to get an application ID and start getting the results back as simple XML. I began hacking on it right then. It was about 5 minutes to set up a search form with URIs the way I wanted, 7 minutes to get the XML and parse it out, 5 minutes to write in some paging, and then about 20 minutes tweaking the search page to make it look a little better. The result is the new search.wordpress.org WordPress Search.
He closes by saying:
Yahoo deserves major kudos for opening up their information in such a free way and making it so easy that it’s taken me longer to write this post than start using their API.
That's great to hear. Over and over, when I run into people who've tried out our search APIs, they tell me the same thing: it's easy.
Simplicity was our goal in designing the APIs.
Posted by jzawodn at June 20, 2005 09:03 AM