I just finished reading the article "Using the OCLC WorldCat APIs" in Python Magazine by Mark Matienzo (fondly known as "anarchivist" in his online persona), and I have to say he did an excellent job of describing not only how to use our APIs effectively, but also providing a very accurate and thorough historical context. I really don't think even an OCLC employee could have done any better. But of course the real value of his piece is his "worldcat" Python module and his explanation and demonstration on how to use it. If you have access to the issue (or buy it for $7), there is even a temporary, limited access key you can use to test his code against our services. This piece is required reading for any Python programmers wishing to take advantage of our APIs, and highly recommended for anyone else wanting to use our APIs, given his straightforward descriptions of the services and his examples on how he mashed them up along with other APIs (such as Google Maps) to create a useful service. This is exactly why we are offering these services, so it warms the cockles of our CPU to see it happening.
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