DIY – API: KimonoLabs Opens World of Possibility
As the new world of data-sharing evolves, the tools to enable those without a coding background to take advantage of it are starting to appear. One such example that lately has been getting some attention is the KimonoLabs service. A browser-based service, KimonoLabs, turns any web-available data into a well-structured API without writing a single line of code. (Don’t worry, you can edit some of the outputted API as well). Additionally, KimonoLabs provides a variety of code snippets and endpoints to drive easy deployment. There is also a way to combine data from multiple sources and combine multiple APIs for more complex applications. It even has a wizard-driven app-builder that outputs an HTML 5-based app in about 5 clicks.
What Developers Are Doing With KimonoLabs
KimonoLabs first made some headlines around the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Everything from medal count apps to interactive maps highlighting country (see image on the left) & athlete participation quickly appeared throughout the app ecosystem. The key is that very little coding had to be done to get the data, thereby freeing up developers to focus on the creative ways to use the data. The service is almost completely self-service with the API’s hosted in KimonoLabs’ cloud infrastructure.
We quickly put it to the test with our own app that takes US Census Data about the State of Washington and presents it in a handy app accessible by phone. You can check it out here.
We at the AT&T Developer Program are definitely excited to be a part of this ever-changing ecosystem. Whether it is extending API technologies like Speech or In-App Messaging for more seasoned developers, or bringing partners together to tackle new challenges like the Connected Car, AT&T is at the forefront of supporting innovation. Great ideas like KimonoLabs show the creativity and innovative spirit we get excited about sharing.
Have you worked with KimonoLabs? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below.
Photo: Poster created of countries participating and medal tally in 2014 Olympics from