State Records’ API used to have the odd distinction of being one of the few web services with opening hours (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm, open weekends too). This wasn’t anything intentional, just a compromise we’d had to make in order to connect the API to our online catalogue’s live database which required a network link that is unfortunately routinely shut down.
Anyway, thanks to the hard work of a number of our staff (Nott, Damien and Ninh), I am pleased to announce that the API is now available 24/7, like any proper web service should be.
This will enable:
- after hours research
- late night hacking
- and overseas visitors!
It also marks a point at which the API can be considered to offer a reliable and stable service on top of which other stuff can be built. Of course, this doesn’t mean we will stop experimenting & in fact we’ve recently added a lot of cool new read-write functionality (tags and comments) that we’re busily documenting and will properly announce soon.