Kudos to all you who have joined me in our effort to get a Bible API from a major Bible publisher. Here is my most recent post on blogs4God.com that describes just how significant and influential your comments and suggestions are/were:
What better way to celebrate our weekly venture into geekdom than to see the effect Christian techblogging can have on propagating the Gospel to the furthest region of the Earth. Only this time, in yummy SOAP and XML flavors?!
The article which goes on to report:
Other sites such as Bible Gateway offer web services in order to search Scripture or link to verses. But the ESV web service uses an Application Program Interface (API) that allows programmers to determine the format in which the text is retrieved. With very little programming, a user can use the web service to retrieve content from the ESV site and use it however they want.
“If I get text from another site, it has their formatting, fonts, and colors,” says Dean Peters, who runs HealYourChurchWebsite.com. “I don’t mind giving a site its due copyright, but their material needs to work in my site. This is the only Bible to offer an API. It allows me as a programmer to say, ‘I want this data and this is how I want it.’ “
As I’ve said before. We have both an opportunity and a responsibilty to be the salt of the Earth — if we focus our personal blogs on our passions, we can go a long way in fulfilling the Great Commission!
One other thought — it would be really helpful if you contacted the good folks at Christianity Today and express to them your grattitude for covering this important topic.