Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bing 2.0 API is useless

Bing's 2.0 Search API is basically useless. The results dosen't match up with the Bing.com website and so testing is almost impossible.

And worse the results returned by the API are mostly irrelevant. I think Microsoft needs to seriously look at what are they targeting the Bing API for. Because as a developer i won't want to use it.

But there is a lack of freely available search apis out there.
Google Custom search requires you to search only specific websites that you specify and not google itself.
Yahoo BOSS requires payment so its out for me.

Anyone knows of what other options are out there?

Links to the issue:
Stack Overflow
Bing Community