Wow! Hard to believe that after over a year of work, the Scubbly API is finally being released. This has been a HUGE project, which started in the summer of 2013, continued over the winter and spring, involved a giant release of a totally revamped technical architecture in the spring of 2014, enabled major UI improvements throughout the summer of 2014, and now the underlying API is ready with a public-facing endpoint for autumn of 2014.
This API is the engine that makes Scubbly work. This isn’t just a limited toy box of little utilities that we grudgingly allow you to fiddle with. This API is the back-end software that does the heavy lifting for the actual www.scubbly.com website. With only a few exceptions, everything you can do on the public website can also be done via the API. With this API, you could indeed build your own fully-featured app. Not surprisingly, now that the API exists, building more Scubbly apps is something we want to do — On top of this powerful architecture we want to build new web applications, mobile apps, plugins, and integrations. Now, Scubbly isn’t just a website where you can sell downloads; it’s a platform.
Now, bear in mind that this is a BETA release of a product that is still under quite heavy development. It is possible that the endpoints, actions, parameters and syntax might change without notice. We’ll almost certainly be adding new actions, and refining the existing ones to make the entire API as consistent and coherent as possible. If you want to start using the API, please contact us first! Let us know what you’re planning to build, so we can open a channel of communication and collaborate to make sure those parts of the API interface you’ll be using are coherent, perfect, and stable.
You can find the API at Account > Integrations > API.
On top of the new API, there’s also an experimental set of new widgets! The widgets are actually a set of custom HTML5 markup tags that let you embed dynamic, functional Scubbly assets on your own website. Now, on your own third-party site, you can embed Scubbly’s product details, cart, and checkout functionality, for seamless integration between your marketing materials and your Scubbly store. The technical voodoo that makes them work is pretty impressive, too. Now these widgets are VERY experimental, some of them are a little buggy (for instance when you specify different languages or currencies) — so use them with caution. Try ‘em first.
Go admire the new widgets at Account > Integrations > Widgets
There’s a lot of activity going on & the platform is growing, and getting better all the time. We haven’t yet finished some of the stuff we started in the summer, like the changes to the storage fees. No worries – we’ll keep the fees as they are for a while longer. There are some wicked new features coming soon that will knock your socks off…