"More than a year and a half ago we unveiled the first version of the Stack Exchange API to the wider world. Since then we’ve had a minor point release, improved app and script listing, and shared some statistics about the consumers of our API.
I’ve been pretty pleased with version 1.1, stackexchange.com and our chat software make extensive use of it, there are a good number of useful applications listed, and a couple of parties are pulling interesting statistics out using it. It’s been a success, but the shine’s definitely come off; there are some use cases we didn’t support, some missing features, and just some plain-old mistakes.
That’s why I’m pleased to announce…
The public beta for Version 2.0 of the Stack Exchange API
We’ve been consuming this internally for a bit, and a rather low-key private beta has been going on for the last few weeks. With any luck we’ve flushed out any really bad bugs and functional deficiencies.
Just like last time, we’re running a contest to encourage some applications that exercise the sweet new features in V2.0.
We’ll be judging apps based on how awesome and useful we, the rapidly increasing employees of Stack Exchange, find them.
The library prize will be chosen by the development team, and who knows we may pull it into our projects (as Stacky, the previous winner, was into stackexchange.com). While we don’t care about platform, we do care about documentation and examples, so make yours exemplary.
The bug report prizes will be sent to anyone we feel went above and beyond in finding bugs in the API, there’s no limit to the number of people who may win.
All entries must be listed on Stack Apps by 11:59 PM UTC February 29th, 2012, we’ll be judging entries in the first few weeks of March and announcing winners subsequently.
Looking for something to do this week? Well, here you go... Not only something fun to code, but the chance to win something fun too! :)