I like this ‘thought piece’ from Revolution magazine on APIs and the future.
- It might be easier to recreate without our permission (the grocery service is part of Tesco.com’s intellectual property).
- It would be more difficult to use – or rather, easier to use incorrectly.
- It might be easier to attack through uncovering any unknown flaws in the system due to its complexity.
- List product categories
- List products in a given category
- Search for products by text search / barcode
- List Basket
- Change Basket (a single command for adding / deleting / changing quantity)
- List Delivery Slots
- Select a delivery slot
- List pending orders
- Amend Order
Opening up a site’s API is not simply a cheap option for brands to get free coding; there are costs involved in monitoring use, refreshing the technology and supporting developers. It is also a dud option for brands that are unexciting to developers.