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Alex MacCaw is open sourcing his private projects

Alex MacCaw is releasing a new open source project every other day for two weeks.

So far he has released three projects. A next generation email client, CommonJS support in Sprockets, and a WYSIWYG editor.

Alex states

However, the majority of my work never sees the light of day. I’m constantly working on small projects and ideas, and for whatever reason they never get released publicly. I want that to change; there’s no point in code languishing in my private Git repositories.

I love this idea and feel like more people should do it with those projects they started but never finished, or that bit of useful code you have sitting around. It might be time to look through my backups.

I’ve been working on our new REST APIs (in JSON format) for the past few months. This week I was in Boston for an Automattic team meetup. Our project was to wrap up the endpoints and finish up our developer resources site. The new site includes a developer console, full documentation on all of our APIs, and a way for people to create and manage their own OAuth tokens.
I think that the meetup was a success and it’s really great to see this released.

The WordPress.com Blog

We are happy to announce our new REST Application Programming Interface (API) that lets developers explore, interact, and create great new content with the vast community of sites on the WordPress.com network and, in the near future, Jetpack-enabled sites.

The API gives developers access to posts and comments, as well as the ability to Follow, Like, or Reblog content for users. Other features from WordPress.com, like the daily handpicked content on Freshly Pressed, are also available through the API.

An excellent example of an application that uses the new API is the Windows 8 WordPress.com app, available now.

Our goal with the new API is to simplify the experience of using and adding to the data available on WordPress.com. To do this, we now use the OAuth2 protocol to authenticate requests for data. To retrieve public data, you can make unauthenticated requests. To perform actions…

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