On September 23, 2008, two technologies were exposed to the world: Best Buy introduced Remix and Google introduced Android. It is no understatement to say both platforms surpassed even the most optimistic early expectations. Although the “Blue Shirt Nation” originally behind Remix has given way to “Renew Blue,” Remix has grown into Best Buy APIs and is growing at a magnificent pace — and I’m thrilled to be joining this high-powered team with an intimidating track record for success.

Who am I? I’m Eric Caron, a Minnesota native and long-time Best Buy fanboi. I believe that just as AJAX revolutionized the Internet in the 2000s, APIs are responsible for the continuing digital momentum in this decade. Though the audience reading this likely understands what an API is, here’s how I explain it to my relatives:

An API is the way one website knows how to talk to another.

Granted this is a gross oversimplification, but it starts the conversation. For example its so much more than just websites:

  • Want your Apple Watch to turn on your Philips Hue light bulbs when you walk into the basement? APIs make that possible.
  • Want your washing machine* to text you when the load is done? APIs make that possible.
  • Want your Tesla Powerwall to brag on Facebook whenever it sells power back to the grid? Well, it isn’t out yet. But if they introduce that feature, APIs will make it possible.

At a more technical level, we at Best Buy APIs are passionate about RESTful APIs and we’ll continue to be strong advocates within the community. We’ll also continue talking to the entire spectrum of our consumers, from first time API users enjoying our new QueryBuilder to debating with experts the finer points of obeying cache headers.

All this while exposing the brilliance Best Buy’s innovators continue to introduce, such as the new Smart Lists for the Connected Home. And we’re just getting started.

“Smart” has a lot of meanings these days, especially in the tech world. While Best Buy’s does involve plenty of smart devices, we’re talking “smart” in the classic sense. These lists are about smarter shopping, allowing users to aggregate products within our subcategories and sort the results by best-selling and top-rated products within those categories.

Why We Love Our Open APIs

by Ira Brooker on 4/21/2015

Open APIs are something of a misnomer, inasmuch as they’re not quite as open as the name might imply. Yes, an open API is available to developers to use more or less as they see fit, but not just anybody can hop on and tinker.

How to Talk to Non-Techies About APIs

by Ira Brooker on 4/07/2015

I joined Best Buy API team last winter with only the most cursory knowledge of what an API is or does. After five months of trying to explain to my friends and family what exactly it is we do at my job, I’ve learned that I wasn’t alone. It seems practically nobody who doesn’t regularly work with APIs has much idea what they are or what they do.

Query by Product Attributes

by Julie Muraski on 03/26/2015

Best Buy has 200+ attributes and most are querable. We detail the Products API attributes in our Products API documentation. The attributes are sorted into *like* attributes. As an example, all attributes that describe a product are in our Detail section; or anything related to pricing is in our Pricing and Sales Ranking section.

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