New York Times developer Nick Thuesen has announced the launch of the first API tool from the NYT. Nick notes, “With this tool, you can experiment with Times APIs without writing a single line of code. Select parameters on the left, and view the resulting request and response on the right.”
The basic idea is that rather than figuring out the right API code to write, this new API tool will allow you to do it by using a variety of pulldown menus and text prompts. The code/result is provided which can then be modified as needed to work with your application.
Checkout the API tool here: http://prototype.nytimes.com/gst/apitool/index.html and all of the NYT API offerings.