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The spoonacular Nutrition, Recipe, and Food API allows you to access over 365,000 recipes and 86,000 food products. Our food ontology and semantic recipe search engine makes it possible to search for recipes using natural language queries, such as "gluten free brownies without sugar" or "low fat vegan cupcakes." You can automatically calculate the nutritional information for any recipe, analyze recipe costs, visualize ingredient lists, find recipes for what's in your fridge, find recipes based on special diets, nutritional requirements, or favorite ingredients, classify recipes into types and cuisines, convert ingredient amounts, or even compute an entire meal plan. With our powerful API, you can create many kinds of food and especially nutrition apps. Special diets/dietary requirements currently available include: vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, high protein, low sodium, low carb, Paleo, Primal, ketogenic, FODMAP, and Whole 30. We will soon be adding Weight Watcher points, too.
The world of competitive programming is growing in popularity. Around the world, groups of developers gather together and attempt to create the best piece of functional software in a short time. For many of these hackathons, developers will use an application programming interface to improve their programs.
An API is a data structure that allows an application to interact with information on a server. The APIs used in a competition cover a wide range of subjects. Often, the competition gives the development team a theme to guide their programming efforts. For example, development teams in a hackathon with a theme of social welfare might use APIs devoted to nutrition, health care or environmental concerns.
When programmers find an API that they would like to use, they apply for a digital access key. With this key enabled, their programs can interact with the data on the API. The application will make a GET request to the database seeking information. The API returns the data in JSON or XML format. The application can then display or use this data according to the team’s wishes. Hackathon programmers are also likely to make POST requests to APIs centered on communication or finance like the Twilio and PayPal APIs.
The APIs used by a hackathon team are already in use by both personal and commercial software. The Spoonacular food API has nutrition information that hundreds of program access. Thousands of users are running applications that reach out to the Twitch and Reddit APIs. For a hackathon, part of the challenge is utilizing these resources in innovative ways.
For some competitors, hackathons are about victory and bragging rights. However, for the software industry, hackathons are about cultivating talent and developing unexpected applications. The kernel of an idea that develops under competitive pressure might eventually develop into a commercial software application.
For a competition, developing teams need well-functioning APIs. They will use data structures that have a history of excellent performance and accurate information. Choosing the right API will increase the functionality of their software.
The APIs used in competition are typically connected to larger software platforms like Facebook, Reddit, and Twilio. Because the software drives more users toward their platforms, they offer their services at no cost. Other APIs will have freemium packages that do not charge users for the low number of requests that happen during a hackathon.
All Hackathon APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:
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