Dear “API providers”,
I don’t want to build an application for your service.
I don’t want a relationship.
I don’t want to talk to any business development people.
I don’t want to read your developer blog.
I don’t want to get an API key.
I don’t want to read your code samples.
I don’t want to participate in your “ecosystem”.
I just want the data on your website in a machine readable format. XML, JSON, RDF, CSV, YAML, I don’t particularly give a fuck.
I just want to take the URL of the thing I’m looking at, send you a content negotiation header or tack a little .xml or .json or whatever on the end and get the damn data. I know that sounds a little kinky, a little crazy maybe, but I promise I’ll be gentle.
I don’t want a relationship with you, I just want to have a fiddle with your data.
So, please, let’s cut the bullshit and just fuck.
We’re not boyfriends, but we can be fuckbuddies.
Tom, a grumpy developer.