Anyone remember the Google or Amazon APIs? Anyone remember my July 24, ’02 “An Open Letter to Christian Media Outlets” where I asked various existing online resources such as the BibleGateway and CrossWalk to provide the Christian web servant community some SOAP or XML-RPC based web services? Well someone did. Actually they remembered a reply from J.R. Whitby of GospelCom.Net and posed the following four questions I now pose to you:
- How excited would you get over a SOAP or XML-RPC interface to your favorite online Bible? Do you think it would catch on?
- What would you use the service for?
- Would you be willing to pay for extended services (double the number of queries, return output in PDF/RTF/XHTML formats)?
- Would you use it if you couldn’t use it in email or hard copy distributions? Would you use it if you couldn’t cache/store return results permanently on your system?
I’ve got some answers that I’ll post later. But first I want you to leave comments to any one or all of the above questions. While they will not be graded, they will be used to record attendance.