Spend 10 min checking an API still exists before rushing into implementing

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Last Updated: 2021-05-16

I spent a day creating an XML feed for Indeed.com according to what they described in one page of their documentation. Once it was built, I went to submit our RSS feed for inclusion with Indeed.com.

When I finally found the link for it, there was an announcement on that page that they were no longer accepting new feeds.

Lesson

Check whether an API is still available by following the links all the way to the end (to submission page) or actually emailing someone for confirmation before spending time building something.