Back in the Spring of 2012, Magento released their REST API as part of Magento CE 1.7 and Magento Enterprise 1.12.
The REST API allows you as a developer to expose various data entities suh as customer, catalog and order information to third party applications. A good example of this would be Facebook apps.
While starting to work on my Magento and Pimcore integration I needed to be able to pull catalog information from Magento to populate data objects which will be used to display product information directly within Pimcore so the REST API seems like the obvious way to get this information into Pimcore.
Does anyone in the Leeds (UK) area fancy getting certified as a Magento certified Developer?
I am planning on setting up a study group using the newly released Magentro Study Group moderator's kit http://www.magentocommerce.com/certification/moderators-kit.
This study guide is the basis for 12 sessions where Magento developers of all abilities can get together and share their knowledge while on the route to certification success.
Later this year we will see the much anticipated release of Magento version 2. This promises some exciting changes which should make Magento leaner and more developer friendly.
Of course having to wait until the end of the year to get our hands on Magento2 to see what has changed and what as developers we will have to change in our own extensions isn't ideal so to help us with that Magento has started updating a development release which has been made available on github at https://github.com/magento .
You will see that their are two magento repositories there; 'magento2' and 'taf'. clone the magento2 repository and you can install as usual. DON'T put this into production! It is an early release and only some parts are implemented but you should be able to update as new commits are made.