[p2pu-dev] P2PU API

Stian Håklev shaklev at gmail.com
Mon May 30 14:05:22 UTC 2011

I could see two different use-cases for APIs (and I'd love to hear about
others). One would be to give access to system statistics, and let people
create cool data visualizations, etc faster than if they had to have all
their code written in Python and included int he official platform. The
other is if someone actually wanted to develop a stand-alone client for
P2PU, for example for a mobile platform. I'm more interested in #1, and it
seems more doable (we are a much less stable platform than Twitter in terms
of functionality, and I don't immediately see the use of a stand-alone
client, neither do I expect anyone to put tons of time into developing one).
But I'd love to hear from others what uses you expect.


On Mon, May 30, 2011 at 19:53, Pippa Buchanan <Pippa.Buchanan at gmail.com>wrote:

> Can I add in an additional question for this - as I know it would provide
> more clarity when explaining the benefits for me and other less actively
> geeky community members. I'm only feeling 23.768% geek today :-)
> *
> How do we imagine the API being used?
> *Er, am I right in assuming that an API would allow people to build tools
> to pull and push data onto the system? So theoretically a tool might be
> built to allow offline creation of course and group content such as tasks?
> Or a wordpress plugin might be built using the API which would allow users
> to submit a blog post as a response to a task?
> Obviously, the great thing about APIs is that they really allow interesting
> mashups to occur which we can't really predict - but it is really helpful to
> know what types of things could obviously be developed using this.
> On 30 May 2011 09:05, Philipp Schmidt <phi.schmidt at gmail.com> wrote:
>> A P2PU API has come up on various threads. It's an interesting idea. Can
>> we get a little more concrete on the following points, so we can get
>> feedback from community and board, as well as determine prioritization vs.
>> other development needs?
>> * What are the concrete benefits to P2PU? (drawbacks, risks?)
>> * What is the effort needed to implement, support?
>> - paid staff vs. volunteer contributions
>> * What are the actual next steps to move this forward?
>> Best - P
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