The APIs will be available "in the coming months" through the company's site, which already hosts developer forums, libraries of code and galleries of applications others have schemed up using its services, a Yahoo press release said.
Web sites called mashups arethat allow ordinary surfers to create programs without necessarily having programming skills. The idea behind Yahoo's new offerings is to give users "an open, easy-to-use platform to build applications and use Yahoo technology in innovative ways," said Jeffrey McManus, director of the Yahoo Developer Network.
The company also plans to launch an Application Gallery--described as a one-stop site for viewing all programs created using APIs across Yahoo properties, including .
The APIs for the Yahoo Photos and Calendar sites appear to be entirely new, while those for Shopping and MyWeb 2.0--a bookmark manager site--will feature "enhanced" capabilities, according to the press release.
Yahoo--along with Google and Microsoft--has already live earthquake map using data from the U.S. Geological Survey and one developer's favorite San Francisco Bay Area sneaker shops.to the public, inspiring projects such as a