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This is such a noob question, but its simple, so hopefully someone can answer for me please:

If you skill up in the Stack API, what purpose does it serve? What can you do with the API, how can you apply it in real world scenarios?

Examples please. thanks!

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There were a couple of old questions on Meta that had a lot of good ideas.

What do you want to build with the SO API?
What would you want to see in a StackOverflow API?

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+1 Ok ok, if anyone can produce a stackoverflow visual studio context help / support plugin, I'm in... – JL01 Jun 23 '10 at 16:37
Clippy: "I noticed you're trying to parse HTML with regular expressions. Are you sure that's a good idea?" ;) – Bill the Lizard Jun 23 '10 at 16:49
@JL01 - I actually started on one of those last night, but I gave up after struggling with VS's plugin scheme for 4 hours (VS/C# is not my primary development environment). – Mark Henderson Jun 25 '10 at 1:38

For some examples, look at the postings under the apps and library tags.

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You can write applications that leverage the so body of content.

There is a whole 'apps' tab full of 'real-world' examples.

One of my entries is

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+1, very nicely done – JL01 Jun 23 '10 at 16:38

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