IMDb REST API Version 3

I spent the last couple of days to fully reconsider and rewrite my IMDb REST API (formerly known as IMDb Fetcher) and I am happy to announce version 3 and the new website.

What’s New:

  • Improved speed.
  • Ease of use.
  • The request by title or name has been removed and now all requests are done by IMDb ID:
    // http://imdb.wemakesites.net/api/tt0120782 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120782/)
    {
    	"status": "success",
    	"code": 200,
    	"message": "ok",
    	"data": {
    		"id": "tt0120782",
    		"type": "title",
    		"title": "Palmetto",
    		"year": "1998",
    		"description": "A recently released ex-con gets involved in a fake kidnapping scheme that turns very real.",
    		"certificate": "",
    		"duration": "114 min",
    		"released": "1998-02-20",
    		"cast": [
    			"Woody Harrelson",
    			"Elisabeth Shue",
    			"Gina Gershon",
    			"Rolf Hoppe",
    			"Michael Rapaport",
    			"Chloë Sevigny",
    			"Tom Wright",
    			"Marc Macaulay",
    			"Joe Hickey",
    			"Ralph Wilcox",
    			"Peter Paul DeLeo",
    			"Hal Jones",
    			"Salvador Levy",
    			"Richard Booker",
    			"Mikki Scanlon"
    		],
    		"genres": [
    			"crime",
    			"drama",
    			"mystery",
    			"romance",
    			"thriller"
    		],
    		"directors": [
    			"Volker Schlöndorff"
    		],
    		"writers": [
    			"James Hadley Chase",
    			"E. Max Frye"
    		],
    		"image": "http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BNTk2MjE2NDY2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTcxMTQyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_AL_.jpg",
    		"review": {
    			"text": "I think this is one of those modern-day film noirs (neo noir) that went under the radar. It is excellent, and few people know about it. It's a very underrated film.It had an interesting and unpredictable story with some very neat twists which a good noir might have. I'm not really sure I liked the very ending, but I sure enjoyed the rest of it. That entertainment included ogling a couple of sexy female leads, played by Elisabeth Shue and Chloe Sevigny and I loved the wonderful colors in this movie. Not only was the cinematography great, so was the soundtrack with some solid blues tracks. The guitar playing reminded me of the Ry Cooder's work in "Midnight Run."The movie was labeled by some national critics as a "poor man's 'Body Heat.'" Well, that's fine with me because I liked "Body Heat" a lot, too. If you liked that, you should like this movie, too.Yes, there are a few holes in the story but nothing that damaged the storyline to any degree. Woody Harrelson was good in the lead and Gina Gershon and Michael Rapaport provided solid performance in supporting roles.",
    			"rating": "9/10"
    		}
    	}
    }
  • New search by keywords, within any IMDb category – title, name, keywords, characters, companies, etc. The result is an array, containing all of the data found from the query, for example:
    // http://imdb.wemakesites.net/api/search?q=Danny+Trejo (http://www.imdb.com/find?ref_=nv_sr_fn&q=danny+trejo&s=all)
    {
    	"status": "success",
    	"code": 200,
    	"message": "ok",
    	"term": "jQuery21404515186028318603_1450864617567&q",
    	"search_url": "http://www.imdb.com/find?q=Danny Trejo&s=all567a729f642f2",
    	"data": {
    		"results": {
    			"names": [
    				{
    					"title": "Dan Aykroyd",
    					"id": "nm0000101",
    					"url": "http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000101/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1"
    				},
    				{
    					"title": "Daniella Alonso",
    					"id": "nm0022161",
    					"url": "http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0022161/?ref_=fn_al_nm_2"
    				},
    				{
    					"title": "Danny Dyer",
    					"id": "nm0245705",
    					"url": "http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0245705/?ref_=fn_al_nm_3"
    				},
    				{
    					"title": "Danny Kaye",
    					"id": "nm0001414",
    					"url": "http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001414/?ref_=fn_al_nm_4"
    				},
    				{
    					"title": "Danny Trejo",
    					"id": "nm0001803",
    					"url": "http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001803/?ref_=fn_al_nm_5"
    				},
    				{
    					"title": "Danny DeVito",
    					"id": "nm0000362",
    					"url": "http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000362/?ref_=fn_al_nm_6"
    				},
    				{
    					"title": "Danny Masterson",
    					"id": "nm0005194",
    					"url": "http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005194/?ref_=fn_al_nm_7"
    				},
    				{
    					"title": "Danny McBride",
    					"id": "nm1144419",
    					"url": "http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1144419/?ref_=fn_al_nm_8"
    				},
    				{
    					"title": "Danny Glover",
    					"id": "nm0000418",
    					"url": "http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000418/?ref_=fn_al_nm_9"
    				},
    				{
    					"title": "Danny Elfman",
    					"id": "nm0000384",
    					"url": "http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000384/?ref_=fn_al_nm_10"
    				}
    			],
    			"titles": [
    				{
    					"title": "So Dear to My Heart",
    					"id": "tt0041890",
    					"url": "http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041890/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1"
    				},
    				{
    					"title": "Danny Collins",
    					"id": "tt1772288",
    					"url": "http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1772288/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2"
    				}
    			]
    		}
    	}
    }

The API is free and does not require API keys, so you can start using it today!

Happy holidays!

Auto Resizing Textarea HTML5 WebComponent

Just finished my next experiment with HTML5 WebComponents. AcidJs.XTextarea is an advanced replacement of the classic <textarea /> HTML element, supporting custom events and auto resizing as-you-type. Check the extensive documentation in the distribution file (click the download button at the top of the demo page) or scroll this page to see the demos.

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Usage

<acdisj-xtextarea></acdisj-xtextarea>
<acdisj-xtextarea placeholder="Type your message..." id="textarea-1" name="textarea-1" rows="5" cols="40"></acdisj-xtextarea>
<acdisj-xtextarea name="textarea-2" rows="10" cols="30" disabled></acdisj-xtextarea>
<acdisj-xtextarea name="textarea-5" autoresize="off" rows="5" cols="30"></acdisj-xtextarea>
<acdisj-xtextarea autofocus name="textarea-8" cols="60" rows="5"></acdisj-xtextarea>
<acdisj-xtextarea name="textarea-4" hidden></acdisj-xtextarea>

HTML Attributes of the Component

Apart from the form attributes like name, rows, cols, placeholder, spellcheck, autofocus, disabled and readonly etc. and the HTML standard attributes such is id and style AcidJs.XTextarea supports one custom property, allowing to turn the autoresizing off:

  • [autoresize="off"]

JavaScript API – Methods, Accessors and Events

The component supports all standard JavaScript methods querySelector, querySelectorAll, getElementById, etc. plus the following custom methods, accessors and events:

Methods

  • enable() – the method enables back a previously disabled textbox by using the disable() method, the enabled accessor or the disabled and readonly properties.
  • disable() – the method disables the queried textbox, so no user input is possible.
  • getValue() – the method returns the current value of the queried textbox, similar to the enabled accessor.
  • setValue(String|null) – the method sets new value to the queried textbox.

Accessors

  • enabled – gets or sets the enabled state of the textbox. Use Boolean value for the setter.
  • value – gets or sets value of the textbox. The setter requires a string or empty value.

Events

  • type – the event is triggered upon user input and returns an object, containing the current value of the textbox to which the event handler is bound to:
    {
        data: "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..."
    }
    /*
     * Bind to the "type" event of the textbox
     **/
     $("#my-textarea").on("type", function(e, data) {
         window.console.log("textbox event:", e.type, data);
     });

If you share the same interest towards HTML5 Web Components as I do these days, make sure you read my relevant blog posts and further endeavors on my HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript Experiments and Insight website.

Corporate BS Generator HTML5 WebComponent

Nothing serious this time, just a small fun HTML5 WebComponent, inspired by BS Generator, stitching-up (bullshit) sentences out of random buzzwords:

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Usage:

<acidjs-xbsgenerator></acidjs-xbsgenerator>

The component does not have it’s own methods, setters, getters or styles. Just use the tag wherever you want.

If you share the same interest towards HTML5 Web Components as I do these days, make sure you read my relevant blog posts and further endeavors on my HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript Experiments and Insight website.

Enabling Placeholders in ContentEditable Elements with CSS

Recently I worked on an HTML5 app, utilizing contenteditable elements. According to the specs of the app, the empty editable elements were supposed to have placeholder texts and since the placeholder attribute is only supported by standard input boxes and textareas I was planning to use JavaScript to enable this functionality in contenteditable elements, but then I decided to try this small CSS trick with generated content and the attr(attribute) function, which actually worked:

The CSS:

[contenteditable]:empty::before
{
    content: attr(data-placeholder);
    font-style: italic;
    opacity: .75;
}

… And the Markup:

<div contenteditable data-placeholder="Add some text..."></div>

If you are interested in more CSS3, HTML5 WebComponents and JavaScript stuff, make sure you check my experiments website.

Adding Icons to the Option Elements of the Select Tag in Firefox. Quick and Dirty

Below is a quick and dirty solution for adding icons to the <option /> elements of the <select /> tag utilizing CSS generated content.

Disclaimer: According to the CSS specs, the <option /> element should not support generated content, and this solution works only in Firefox. Anyways, it may come handy sometime.

The Result:

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The CSS:

.acidjs-cssw-select-icons option::before
{
    content: "";
    display: inline-block;
    vertical-align: middle;
    margin: 2px 6px 2px 2px;
    width: 16px;
    height: 16px;
    background: url("path/to/the/icon.png") no-repeat center;
}

The demo and the download link are on this page. If you are interested in more CSS3, HTML5 WebComponents and JavaScript stuff, make sure you check my experiments website.