The advent of the WP REST API is the most explosive update to happen to agile software development for the web and mobile this decade. It is a project that will instantly scale over 24% of the entire Internet this 2015 or 2016. The WP REST & JSON API founded by Rachel Baker and Ryan McCue transforms WordPress into a fully fledged application development framework. The WP API plugin page reads, “This plugin provides an easy to use REST API, available via HTTP. Grab your site’s data in simple JSON format, including users, posts, taxonomies and more. Retrieving or updating data is as simple as sending a HTTP request.” With the official release of the WP API in the core version 4.3 this August, web and mobile app creators around the globe can use WordPress (already 24% of the Internet) to instantly scale new products. The backward compatibility and inherently agile approach that the WP API affords software engineers will guarantee lower costs and faster iteration paces for all kinds of future projects. In fact recently Founder Ryan McCue even asked readers in a partly satirical post to imagine the year 2020: when “an estimated 15% of all native apps use WordPress purely as a backend.” JSON
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