Make List API

Since the creation of Webmaker.org and the MakeAPI, the recommended strategy for creating and curating galleries of makes was to use tagging. For example, one can tag ten makes with gallery and surface that collection of makes using a tag search. If there was a need for order in…

Exciting News!

I'm going to be a dad!!! I'm proud to announce that Sarah and I will be welcoming a new member into our family this November!!…

Ranking Make API Search Results

I've recently been exploring how I can resolve this Bugzilla bug, which is requesting a way to promote original makes in the Make API's search results. This means implementing a way to "boost" results based on some kind of rule, making them appear at the top of search…

Upgrading and Implementing Webmaker SSO

For the past three weeks, My teammates and I have been working hard on an exciting new enhancement for the Webmaker project. After many hours of researching, whiteboarding, OMGWTF's and many Anakin Skywalkers, we've finally shipped the new system to production. If you want to skip directly to the implementation…

Hacking on Appmaker

This past week, I traveled to Revelstoke, BC for an Appmaker workweek. Appmaker is an application designed to enable anyone to create mobile web apps without needing to learn about coding. By combining various widgets together and connecting their inputs and outputs to one-another using the visual interface, users can…

Solving Hard Problems is Hard: Third Party MakeAPI Publishing

A majority of my work on Webmaker has been dedicated to something we call the Make API. It is a service for storing meta data about things people create online and making that meta data publicly searchable. Ever since we first stood up the service back in June, it has…