[OSM-talk] Strange api behaviour

Colin Mackay colin.mackay at gmail.com
Thu Mar 16 10:30:31 GMT 2006


I would suggest that as the API version number is currently 0.3 that
it indicates that API is not currently stable. Well... That would be
my interpretation anyway.



On 16/03/06, Tom Carden <tom at tom-carden.co.uk> wrote:
> On 3/15/06, SteveC <steve at asklater.com> wrote:
> > * @ 15/03/06 06:08:12 PM openstreetmap-L at gj0.net wrote:
> > > And now it's stopped working again.
> > >
> > > This: http://www.openstreetmap.org/api/0.2/map?bbox=-0.5,51.3,-0.4,51.4
> > >
> > > Returns stuff like this again:
> >
> > Yes. This has highlighted that it isn't very practical as it stands to
> > support old and new API versions.
>
> > With 0.4 I'll introduce some clearer
> > versioning, so something like /api/current_version will tell you what to
> > use and each editor can decide what to do.
>
> And either they support the current version, or they say "sorry,
> current version of OSM not supported".  How is that different to now?
>
> This is really misguided.  You need a way to transition between major
> changes. Why pretend to have an open API at all if you're not going to
> support it?
>
> > I'll give a weeks warning
> > announcement so people can update their code too. As we approach 1.0
> > this will matter less and less as things won't change so much.
> >
>
> A week isn't going to be long enough.
>
> Unit tests for the current API, before writing the next version, would
> be a really good idea.
>
> Tom.
>
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