Yahoo announced that it will be launching a new feature on the Yahoo Developer Network called the Create Consumer Key API (CCK API). The company has offered a “sneak peek” at the API in a post on the Yahoo Developer Network Blog.
“Many developers who use Yahoo! Web services and APIs distribute applications that enable their users to tap into Yahoo! user data (with user permission),” says Yahoo Open Strategy Senior Product Manager Daniel Raffel. “In these cases, both the developer and each of their end-users signs up for a distinct OAuth Consumer Key. The Consumer Key ensures that the right data, for the right user, is going to the right developer.”
“YDN aims to make it easier to broker out or sub-syndicate access to Yahoo! data, so we have been working on a programmatic way to trigger the creation of Consumer Keys,” adds Raffel.
Yahoo says the API streamlines the process of using your application so users don’t separately request an OAuth Consumer Key from YDN, and one form provides all the necessary info for a Consumer Key (access scopes and redirects). In addition, users will not have to know about access scopes, and will be able to automatically send the Consumer Key and Secret back to your app without having to copy and paste.
More details can be found here.