Yelp announced that it's giving developers a new API Console enabling them to "explore the detail and depth of responses" returned by its API without having to write any code. It's also ending v1 of the API.
"Yelp’s API allows any developer to build rich user experiences by integrating Yelp’s local business information, reviews, and pictures into their web and mobile applications," the company said in a blog post. "We announced in January that we have ambitious plans to make it easier than ever for developers to integrate a local layer into their apps."
The API Console is part of those plans. You can check it out on the Yelp Developer site if you sign up for a free account and create your API v2 credentials.
"As we continue to invest in Version 2 of the API, we will be discontinuing the previously deprecated Version 1 of the API. All v1 API endpoints will be shut down on July 15, 2015," the company says. "If you are currently using any v1 API endpoints you can find out how to migrate to v2 endpoints on the Yelp developer site."
For those looking to build a Yelp-powered, app, there are examples and libraries on GitHub.
About a year ago, Yelp increased the call limit on their API to 25,000 per day, and made it easier for developers to use, in addition to opening it up to all developers for free.