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Jul 6 / Rupak Ganguly

ruby-alibris wrapper wins “Most Developer-Friendly Code” award

I had blogged about my recent open-source project, a Ruby wrapper for the Alibris API, ruby-alibris. Soon after, Alibris had announced their First Annual Alibris API Programming Contest, and I submitted the ruby-alibris project as an entry. And, to my surprise, I got notified that it won the “Most Developer-Friendly Code”, and a $250 cash prize. Today, Alibris released a press release announcing the winners. Here is an excerpt from the press release:

First Annual Alibris API Programming Contest Winners, Cash Prizes Announced

Facebook application wins grand prize at Alibris API Programming Contest

Emeryville, CA—July 5, 2011—Alibris, a division of Monsoon Commerce, and the world’s most advanced online media marketplace provider for sellers of new and used books, textbooks, music, movies, and video games, today announced the winners of its API Programming Contest, where developers were invited to write applications using the Alibris APIs.

“Our goals for this contest were to raise awareness of our APIs, illustrate that they are highly scalable and easy to use, and demonstrate our support for the developer community,” said Liz Derr, COO of Monsoon Commerce.

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“Offering an award for Most Developer-Friendly Code shows commitment to the developer community,” said Rupak Ganguly, winner of that award. “My experience with the Alibris API was just great. The API is clearly defined and the service behind the API is fast and stable in operation.”

Full list of contest winners:

·         Best Overall Application: Textbook Exchange by Brady Emerson

·         Best Android Application: Shopping Companion for Alibris by Joe Blough

·         Best Mashup Application: AffordABook by Vincent Thomas

·         Most Fun Application: Web2Voice for Alibris by Robert Oschler

·         Most Developer-Friendly Code: Ruby Wrapper for the Alibris API by Rupak Ganguly

Thanks a lot, Alibris for showing the appreciation, and the commitment towards the developer community.


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  1. Liz Derr / Jul 7 2011

    We’re really excited about our developer program. We’d love to see some Ruby apps get built with your cool wrappers. Developers can learn more about the Alibris API, ask questions of our technical team, and sign up for the program at

    Thanks for participating in our contest!

    • Rupak Ganguly / Jul 8 2011

      It was a great experience. I will have a sample iPhone app done very soon. Looking forward to work on some apps myself.

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