Last month I had the pleasure of participating on a panel with Jason Griffey from University of Tennessee Chattanooga and Eliot Polak from Norwich University on Plugin and Play Apps. We talked about how the WorldShare Platform can enable libraries to build and share cool custom apps with one another. Jason talked provided an intro to the concepts of platforms and their power. The I talked about the WorldShare Platform and the great web services we're making available and showcased three different demonstrations apps that the Developer Network has been working on in the last year:
- Branch Libraries OpenSocial gadget - see the code
- WorldShare Wordpress Plugins - see the code
- New York Times Bestseller App - see the code
Eliot then talked about his work with building an AutoSuggester using WorldCat Search API and a database list using the WorldCat knowledge base API. He has generously provided a zip file of the code for those of you who want to check it out.
For those of you interested in building apps who want access to the sandbox environment, you can request a WorldShare Platform account and we'll give you sandbox access to a core set of our web services as well as an environment for testing Click to Install Apps. At the end of my portion of the talk, I mentioned a few more demonstration apps we've been working on.
The demonstration code for all of these is in the Developer Network Subversion repository. It is licensed under Apache2 so anyone can download and play with it. If you have questions or ideas for apps you'd like to see, please feel free to contact us. We'd love to hear what you're working on.
Senior Product Analyst