Big Data is moving quickly from buzzword to required discipline for software companies. I recently worked on a project that merged two of my interests, APIs and analytics. This little side project retrieved campaign statistics from the Constant Contact v2 APIs and brought them into the R programming language for analysis. If you’re not familiar with R, it is the leading open source platform for doing analytics, and is quickly becoming a must-have skill for analysts.
The basic idea is pretty simple: figure out how to call out the APIs from R, obtain results in JSON format, and then process the results to put them in a form that is easily consumed by R. Want the gory details? Check out my original blog post on technistas.com.