What's new?

Hey there! It has been a while since our last post, but we have been pretty busy around here, more busy than we anticipated in fact! A lot has been going on, and hopefully you have noticed all the updates we have been making to our documentation. The addition of the User Guide was a big goal for us when we started revamping this site, and we are pretty happy to have that done.


Geographic based searches

Infoconnect supports a huge number of ways to search for companies or people based on geography. There are straight forward searches that use a city or ZIP code, or multiple cities and ZIP codes, even an area around one or more ZIP codes or even latitude / longitude coordinates. Infoconnect even supports searching an area based on a collection of latitude/longitude coordinates that form the vertices of a polygon.

The easiest way to search for a record is to use the City and State/Province, or a ZIP code.


SIC Codes... what are they good for?

The Standard Industry Classification code (or SIC ) is a 4 digit numeric identifier for a business that identifies what kind of business it is. For example, if you are a restaurant you will be assigned an SIC code of 5812.  If you are interested in the full list of SIC codes they are available in many places around the web and the US Department of Labor maintains a searchable database of SIC codes as well as an encyclopedia of how SIC codes are



So what happens if things don’t go right? Lets talk about trouble-shooting. The Infoconnect API, as do all REST APIs, make extensive use of HTTP status codes.

It's not going to be a common occurrence, but it's a good idea to understand what to do about error codes you might get back from our API. Here is a break down of how Infoconnect lets you know when there is an error by status code.


Search VS Match

You may have noticed that of the 4 APIs we offer today, one of them kind of stands out - Match. You may have looked at it and asked yourself "Why would I use this match thing, when the search APIs have so many more things I can search on?". Indeed most people have been in the same boat, until they



After the Limit/Offset feature, the next most asked about thing we get is how to control whether you get JSON or XML back from our API. This question is actually pretty understandable because of the way this is controlled. Most of the search features in the APIs are controlled via parameters passed in either with the query string portion of the URL, or as part of a block of text passed to the API via a HTTP POST.