Why has the YouTube API have to suck dongs?

this is hilarious! the data api IS atrocious, and it’s so clumsily set up—perhaps reflecting a clumsiness server-side… for example, after completing a search query, and loading the video information (id, playlist image url, etc), it’s not possible to get the duration of videos until you run ANOTHER query on a maximum of 50 videos (oh and if you’re planning to use this with a GUI, all of this is dealt with in asynchronous callback bullshit) and only THEN can you get the durations—but they’re in ISO 8601 format! WHAT THE HECK!

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