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Changes to the Giant Bomb API

The beta will bring about some minor changes to the API. Also, we're hiring.

Come be an engineer at CBS!

Howdy folks. As our subscribers know, we've been furiously working away on the new site and should see it launch later this month. Testing has gone very well and you guys have been great finding all kinds of ways to break things in clever ways. One place we haven't had much testing though is in our public API, which also got an overhaul along with the site itself. If you're using our API I highly suggest testing your apps against the beta site in the next two weeks and giving us some feedback.

The main things to know are this.

  • Your api keys will stay the same.
  • The new API is almost a pure mirror of the delivery style of the old one.
  • The mapping to the content types has changed slightly. You'll need to adjust your apps for this once we launch. It should be a quick fix. Essentially urls that were /character/1/?api_key=<APIKEY> are now /character/3005-1/?api_key=<APIKEY>

API users will be able to access the beta site later today

Right now only subscribers can get into the beta, but we're also opening this up to API users this afternoon. You can access the new API docs here (http://seaserpent.giantbomb.com/api/). You can talk with the developers of the new API on the forums here(http://seaserpent.giantbomb.com/forums/). We didn't change much because we wanted to maintain compatibility with everyones old apps, but going forward, we'd love to get some dev feedback so we can move that product forward.

Note that only API users who signed up for a key previous to January 3rd will have access. Generating a new key now won't backdoor you in, so don't bother trying :)

Hey we're hiring engineers

Also, while I have you nerds at attention. Giantbomb / Comic Vine / CBSi is hiring engineers. We're looking for experienced duders familiar with running large dynamic sites like these, but more than just that have a passion for gaming and a willingness to learn new tech. Those lucky candidates who make it through will get to work in San Francisco and learn that Alexis and I aren't the only people that actually build this thing. You'll get to work with and

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Posted by snide
Come be an engineer at CBS!

Howdy folks. As our subscribers know, we've been furiously working away on the new site and should see it launch later this month. Testing has gone very well and you guys have been great finding all kinds of ways to break things in clever ways. One place we haven't had much testing though is in our public API, which also got an overhaul along with the site itself. If you're using our API I highly suggest testing your apps against the beta site in the next two weeks and giving us some feedback.

The main things to know are this.

  • Your api keys will stay the same.
  • The new API is almost a pure mirror of the delivery style of the old one.
  • The mapping to the content types has changed slightly. You'll need to adjust your apps for this once we launch. It should be a quick fix. Essentially urls that were /character/1/?api_key=<APIKEY> are now /character/3005-1/?api_key=<APIKEY>

API users will be able to access the beta site later today

Right now only subscribers can get into the beta, but we're also opening this up to API users this afternoon. You can access the new API docs here (http://seaserpent.giantbomb.com/api/). You can talk with the developers of the new API on the forums here(http://seaserpent.giantbomb.com/forums/). We didn't change much because we wanted to maintain compatibility with everyones old apps, but going forward, we'd love to get some dev feedback so we can move that product forward.

Note that only API users who signed up for a key previous to January 3rd will have access. Generating a new key now won't backdoor you in, so don't bother trying :)

Hey we're hiring engineers

Also, while I have you nerds at attention. Giantbomb / Comic Vine / CBSi is hiring engineers. We're looking for experienced duders familiar with running large dynamic sites like these, but more than just that have a passion for gaming and a willingness to learn new tech. Those lucky candidates who make it through will get to work in San Francisco and learn that Alexis and I aren't the only people that actually build this thing. You'll get to work with and

Posted by SavageManLove

Dat api

Posted by mumphster

I was gonna whip up a cool little thing with the api but the docs link is 404ing. Please send help!

Edited by Sweep

I want to be inside you. Hire me.

EDIT: Please don't actually hire me.

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Posted by Royale

cool dude. now if I could find the time to work on that side project I've been meaning to work on. :) Also, glad to see that work is being put into the API.

Posted by snide

@mumphster said:

I was gonna whip up a cool little thing with the api but the docs link is 404ing. Please send help!

Fixed.

Posted by Ben_H

Ugh, hurry up and finish degree I am working toward, I want to start doing this kind of stuff!!!

Posted by AlisterCat

Filed under Baldness. HA!

I'm available for hire. ;) If you need someone to laugh at your jokes, I'm that guy.

Posted by Narx

If only Quebec City wasen't so far way and my budget so tight right now... that could have been an awesome opportunity!

I can at least spread the word around !

Edited by Brewmaster_Andy

When are you hiring me as official Giant Bomb brewmaster? I do requests!

Posted by snide

@Brewmaster_Andy said:

When are you hiring me as official Giant Bomb brewmaster? I do requests!

The time for that was when we had a bar in the office. Sadly... no longer the case!

Posted by JoeyRavn

I have no formal training in coding. I'm not even an engineer, I'm a philologist. But if you want to pay me to hang around the Giant Bomb offices, I would gladly make the sacrifice. For the greater good, you know.

Just don't make me visit the Comic Vine forums. Please.

Posted by eloj

I'd apply, but PHP is such a fail. (also, other side of the world)

Posted by MrGtD

oh god i don't understand any of these words

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Posted by langdonx

@eloj: I used to really love PHP, but I've been spoiled by C#/MVC. No experience with Symfony2, which might be a nice framework though. But Node though... that gets me hot. Too bad I could never convince my wife to move to SF. =[

Posted by clientkiller

I really hope you're being careful with your NoSQL implementation, especially if you're using MongoDB. I work as a sys admin and i'm getting a growing number of calls from companies in trouble over the last 6 months.

Posted by feargalr

Neat

Posted by Hardtarget

It's times like these when I wish I had majored in Computer Science instead of history

and also that I lived in San Fran and not Vancouver

Posted by Veektarius

When I first looked at that photo, I thought it was a movie that contained both young Alec Baldwin and a Bill Murray pretending to be balding before he actually was, both pretending to be engineers or architects or something, and was like, "What? I should know that movie..." after zooming in, I believe I have determined that neither Alec Baldwin nor Bill Murray were actually in the photo.

Posted by Knite

They're hiring new people!

They will ruin everything we love about the site!

Again!

Posted by snide

@clientkiller said:

I really hope you're being careful with your NoSQL implementation, especially if you're using MongoDB. I work as a sys admin and i'm getting a growing number of calls from companies in trouble over the last 6 months.

There's no mongo in the new site. In the live, current one we used it for some analytics stuff and it worked great. We do you a lot of Redis in both implementations though, which has been fantastic.

Posted by lebkin

How will this affect the Boxee and Roku apps? Will those be updated as needed to continue working with the new site?

Posted by LackingSaint

Now I can't help you with any tech stuff, but if you need a british teenager to walk around the office and record a 24/7 documentary of the office, i'm your guy.

Posted by Toxin066

Oh. Hiring engineers. I was really hoping to start a 1000 reply "Save Rorie" thread.

Posted by BD_Mr_Bubbles

Cool glad to see things are going well.

Posted by Napalm

@Knite said:

They're hiring new people!

They will ruin everything we love about the site!

Again!

And again and again! It never stops! Over and over! Again and again!

Posted by Death_Unicorn

@Toxin066: I bet Rorie would be a great engineer! Imagine all the puppies involved. Puppy Giant Bomb, puppy slave labor, puppies on puppies on puppies

I miss Rorie so much.

Posted by DougCL

i will accept minimum wage to sit there and yell about hacking the gibson and diving the ultranet and stuff, making you feel like an elite hacker, and therefore increasing productivity. itll be cheaper than actually increasing staff.

Posted by Soap

Learn how to build websites and move to SF so I can work with GB?.... hmm, tempting. But unlikely. :(

Posted by yoshisaur

@Sweep said:

I want to be inside you. Hire me.

EDIT: Please don't actually hire me.

Hire this man. Now!

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

says forbidden when I login.

Posted by theimmortalbum

Yeah, so, if I lived in SF I'd be all about this.

But I don't. And, I know that my wife would never want to move, so. ;)

Posted by Christoffer

Call me when you need a logistics guy. I know everything about stock planning and service levels. No? Ok then.

Posted by clientkiller

@snide: awesome! I'm sure you guys know what you're doing :-) Mongo isn't bad, it just gets very difficult to deal with once file sizes get very large and the auto sharding can cause problems if you're not careful with it. Redis is pretty sweet and can do loads of cool things, although i'm still leaning towards memcachd + beanstalkd + nginx combo. I prefer small flexible components and tend to also steer away from full stack web development and focus on small service APIs. The upsurge in Composer usage has made managing dozens of small services much easier also.

I hope you get time to do more designer live streams in the future. Would love to get the chance to talk more about what goes on in the running of your sites.

Posted by knightlyknave

@MrGtD said:

oh god i don't understand any of these words

Glad I'm not the only one!

Posted by Levio

If anyone here doesn't know what an API is, I can sell them one at half-price so they can maximize their Giantbomb content experience.

Posted by Winternet

I think I understand some of these words.

Posted by Circ

I wonder how much the js job pays.

Posted by csl316

Good luck, potential engineering duders.

Posted by idBloc

@langdonx: Symfony2 increases PHP standards; which can't be a bad thing :p

Posted by ZombiePie

I'd work for Giant Bomb/CBSi if I was qualified, but I hear you all have a history of sexual harassment at the office.

Moderator Online
Posted by GaspoweR

@ZombiePie said:

I'd work for Giant Bomb/CBSi if I was qualified, but I hear you all have a history of sexual harassment at the office.

The GOOD KIND of sexual harassment??

Posted by Fattony12000

I wish I could work for you guys.

Posted by dOm_CaTz

@ZombiePie: sounds like sexual harassment panda needs to take a trip to the office.

Posted by UltimAXE

Oh man. I wish that I didn't hate web design and lived in Cali. Working for the GB crew would be rad.

Posted by TyCobb

I still can't believe the site had to go from the awesome language of Python to PHP.

Posted by RHYMESCHEME23

When are you all going to start hiring new staff writers or at least a copy editor? Too many punctuation and spelling errors on this site.

Posted by charles_xavier

I'm an electronics engineer!  Surely you can find a place for me.   :) 

Posted by frobie

@Ben_H said:

Ugh, hurry up and finish degree I am working toward, I want to start doing this kind of stuff!!!

We also take minions.. err I mean interns.

Staff
Posted by Subject2Change

Start hiring video people. I know Vinny and Drew can use the help!

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