Startup Weekend San Jose Developer Contest

We’re proud to announce that we are sponsoring this year’s Startup Weekend San Jose.  At Factual, we’re big fans of Startup Weekend and their mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities.  We also love empowering developers to do amazing things with data faster and easier than ever before.

Factual Ruby Driver

Factual is pleased to announce the release of a new Ruby driver for our API. The driver supports Factual’s API features, including Crosswalk, Resolve, and geo location functionality around the Factual Places API.

Factual PHP Driver

We are pleased to report the availability of the official PHP driver for the Factual API. This driver wraps our Read, Crosswalk, Resolve, and Schema APIs, providing five-line access to our 55 million global places and other structured data.
Getting Started:
First, get an API key from Factual. Add your oauth key and secret to the constructor:
$factual = new Factual(“yourOauthKey”,”yourOauthSecret”);
Follow with syntax specific to the selected API:
Read [docs]
The driver provides the same powerful abilities to query, filter, order, and sort as provided via the REST API:
//Free text query
$query = new FactualQuery;
$query->search(“Sushi Santa Monica”); //searches across numerous fields
$query->field(“country”)->equal(“US”); //limit results to the US
$res = $factual->fetch(“places”, $query);

Factual Support for SimpleGeo Customers

Earlier today Urban Airship let their customers know that they will start winding down the existing SimpleGeo Places service over the next couple of months, with a target service end date of March 31, 2012. Urban Airship will be focusing on integrating location and context services into their push messaging platform. We have good news to add here: since June 2011, Factual has been providing its Places data to SimpleGeo and developers currently using SimpleGeo’s API for Places Data can seamlessly migrate to Factual’s API to get access to the same data.