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florca
2018-11-27, 04:18
Quite a detailed but ultimately depressing post on the BBC Technology blog about their API development. Most of it sailed way over my head, with lots of stuff very alien to my distant days of IBM Assembler programming and more recent Perl kludging, but they're obviously making lots of changes. Very depressing when you read their response to a comment / question from Paul Webster in that they have obviously backed away completely from any intention of providing an updated open API for external consumption :(

Link here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet/entries/7e65dff6-9bf1-4f98-b185-3b424939c8ce

bpa
2018-11-27, 04:45
Very depressing when you read their response to a comment / question from Paul Webster in that they have obviously backed away completely from any intention of providing an updated open API for external consumption :(

"updated" !! there is no open API to be updated.

"Not for external consumption" is par for the course with BBC - the feed BBCiPlayer plugin uses is a rare example and it is just one way.

That said, it is not realistic for BBC to provide and support APIs for non-commercial users as much of the content is covered by various rights agreements and a public API would probably means those rights could not be policed effectively (e.g. copies made and then shared whole or in part without acknowledgements) . This may change in the future as BBC now allow download of some content.