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Re: [newtech-1] Address book APIs

From: Jason R.
Sent on: Thursday, August 30, 2007 4:26 PM
We've used in the past and I must say I'm not pleased. They claim to support their scripts forever, but they haven't given us an update in over 6 months. Their code is also atrocious, but I couldn't tell if the obfuscation was done on purpose or lack of coding skills.

The code we paid for is the PHP version for $180. I can't remember exactly how much we paid for it, but I wouldn't pay it again.

Also, when they say hotmail, they really mean classic hotmail, not the live version. Yahoo is completely busted. We had to hack their code together to get back GMail support.

Everytime hotmail, gmail, yahoo changes an id on a <div> tag your Address Book code will break, and you'll have to go running back to them for another code update. It's all based on page scraping.

You've been warned!

Jason - Make yours Sticky!

On 8/30/07, Yaakov Sash <[address removed]> wrote:
It's partially server side. e.g. for webmail, the import happens remotely.
But for the final step, the actual email addresses are returned to a hidden
form on your web page, so that part is client-side. This may be an issue for
people that want to import thousands of email addresses. Otherwise, if your
users will be loading in a few email addresses here and there, Plaxo will do
just fine.

Check out their demo.

I forgot to mention before that Plaxo free.


Yaakov Sash -- annotate the web

----- Original Message -----
From: "Hank" < [address removed]>
To: <[address removed]>
Sent: Thursday, August 30,[masked]:13 AM
Subject: Re: [newtech-1] Address book APIs

> Hmmm... I am actually looking for something server side that will
> allow me to import contacts of a given user into my service. Are you
> sure that a javascript widget will be appropriate for this?
> Thanks
> Hank
> On 8/30/07, Yaakov Sash <[address removed]> wrote:
>> Plaxo has an Address Book widget that does exactly this (it can be
>> integrated into your site with a little bit of JavaScript). It has
>> imports
>> for Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo!, Gmail, AOL, Thunderbird.
>> See the full details at
>> I've personally used the widget before on a site and have been very
>> satisfied with the usability and stability of the widget.
>> The only downside is that they get to "market" their Plaxo brand &
>> services,
>> but that's a small price to pay for a widget of this functionality.
>> Regards,
>> Yaakov Sash
>> -- annotate the web
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Hank" <[address removed]>
>> To: < [address removed]>
>> Sent: Thursday, August 30,[masked]:27 AM
>> Subject: [newtech-1] Address book APIs
>> >I am writing an application where it would be very helpful to allow
>> > users to import their address books from other web applications.
>> > Platforms like linkedIn and Facebook do this and I am wondering if
>> > there are any tools out there designed to make this easier, or if
>> > anyone knows what the techniques people are using for this.
>> >
>> > Hank

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