Integrating any API can be a daunting task, and let's face it...no one wants to spend time navigating through hefty documentation. To make this process a little easier technically, we've created interactive documentation, providing a quick overview of each of the services included within the Catalog API, and a test form allowing you to explore parameters, testing queries before you develop.
This interactive documentation is easy to use, even if you are not sure what you would like to do quite yet. You are able to enter desired parameters into a simple test form, and sample XML is returned for review. Below, you can see the test form for our Merchant Service, which provides merchant data.
This interactive documentation is updated with any Catalog API production release, so it is always current and provides a good means of testing new parameters to determine whether or not you would like to make use of them within your website.
To access this interactive documentation, simply log in here using your unique API Key and Publisher ID: http://catalog.bizrate.com/services/catalog/v1/. The test form is located at the bottom of the Methods section for each of our services.
For those unfamiliar with our Catalog API, this product provides advanced publishers with intuitive access to our wide inventory of cataloged products and merchant offers through a query-based web service accepting various parameters, allowing publishers to filter based on their website’s shopping content needs. Based on these publisher-supplied parameters, customized shopping content is returned within an XML response. Because we offer both Bizrate and Beso content through the Catalog API, you are able to toggle between documentation specific to each by way of a link in the upper righthand corner.
The Shopzilla Publisher Team