Thursday, August 03, 2006

KayakMobile ... Search API app

KayakMobile made its debut today. It is a Java servlet implementation using velocity to render pages.

It was a fun development effort. The Air and Hotel functionality is built using only the public Search API .. it might have been slightly easier to use internal APIs, but doing it this way forced us to push along development of the API as well.

The initial target is people in immediate need of travel arrangements ... stuck somewhere and need a flight or hotel now. With this in mind, we tried to keep the UI uncluttered and made assupmtions such as one-way flights, and single-night hotel requests.

With KayakMobile we introduce a rudimentary Restaurant search that's not in the core Kayak.com service.

Take it for a spin and let us know your thoughts.