Today in APIs: Facebook iOS SDK, RightScale Supports Google Compute Engine and 11 New APIs

Romin Irani, February 26th, 2013

FacebookFacebook boosts iOS SDK With better analytics. RightScale to offer first level support for Google Compute Engine. Plus: Google launches Sign In with Google Plus, Dribbble API gets a jQuery plugin and 11 new APIs.

Facebook Updates iOS SDK with Better Analytics

The latest update include additional usage metrics, ad optimization, enhanced error handling and integrating web dialogs, Feed Dialog and Requests Dialog, without invoking deprecated headers. The latest SDK can log additional usage metrics like iOS 6 native share sheet and built-in native UI controls usage. The team is also working on Conversion measurement to help measure and optimize the return on investment of Facebook Ads by reporting on the actions people take after viewing those ads. The iOS Dev Center is also revamped to enable quick access to resources to build out apps.

RightScale to support

Google Compute EngineGoogle Compute Engine, which was released in June last year is widely seen by many as having the infrastructure to challenge Amazon Web Services. To help companies transition to their infrastructure, Google has appointed RightScale as the first partner to provide first level support. RightScale, which provides a monitoring solution for public and private clouds is well positioned to service this need. “People can come to us for onboarding and for full 24 /7 support to add to [support options] that Google just offered,” said RightScale CEO Michael Crandell. RightScale can also help companies design and architect their solutions.

API News Your Shouldn’t Miss

11 New APIs

we had 11 new APIs added to our API directory including a bookkeeping software for entrepreneurs, telephone call tracking service, community music service, promotional chat service, event search service, taxi fare estimate service, text analysis service, site metrics service, online payment system, free text translation service, yandex-specific search engine optimization tools, . Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

Billy's BillingBilly’s Billing API: Billy’s Billing creates bookkeeping software for small businesses and startups. The Billy’s Billing API provides a RESTful interface for developers to automate the manipulation of bookkeeping resources. Resources include invoices, contacts, payments, products, schedules, transactions, accounts, and more. Requests and responses are JSON formatted.

Call Tracking MetricsCall Tracking Metrics API: The service provides telephone call tracking for marketing and promotional campaigns. It associates a phone number with each campaign and routes any call properly while linking the caller to the campaign distribution list so a representative receives full information about that person while handling the call. Call logs also help with campaign performance analysis and measurement of ROI for marketing expenditures.

API methods support linking incoming phone calls to marketing campaigns that initiated them and individual callers. Methods return customer information and other data related to the call and the campaign to guide representatives in interacting with the caller. Reporting functions support retrieval of call logs and related data for measuring campaign effectiveness.

ccmixter Sample Poolccmixter Sample Pool API: ccmixter is a community music remixing site that contains remixes and samples licensed under Creative Commons licenses. The Sample Pool API allows two media hosting servers to keep track of when one uses samples from another. The services uses REST calls and returns XML. The returning XML is in the form of a feed (RSS or Atom) with enclosures for downloading media.

GaglersGaglers API: The service provides chat functionality specifically intended for sales interactions and product promotion. It emphasizes quick, responsive contacts during the purchase decision process to increase the effectiveness of e-commerce and online marketing. The service also includes email capabilities.

API methods support initiating a chat session and managing message exchanges via Javascript that embeds the service with e-commerce system displays. Methods also support managing email exchanges between buyers and seller representatives. The API supports the GTalk and XMPP/Jabber protocols and emphasizes integration with mobile device platforms.

LairOutLairOut API: LairOut is a web based event directory. It is a simple and only requires two search criteria – location and date. The use of homepage maps instantly allows the user to view all events of interest in an area. The LairOut API allows the user to call LairOut for event information. The service uses REST calls and will return XML, JSON, or JSONP. An account is required with service.

TaxiMeTaxiMe API: TaxiMe is a cost estimate service that uses Google Maps to calculate cab fare. The site is based in Canada but provides cost and trip information for major U.S. cities. The TaxiMe API allows users to get cab contacts and rates for different cities. The services uses REST calls and returns JSON.

TextRazorTextRazor API: The service provides analysis of selected text passages to identify named entities and statements of fact with disambiguation to distinguish similar text strings. It applies machine learning algorithms and natural language processing to connect a text sample with a knowledge base and identify known elements and their relationships.

API methods support submission of a text sample to be parsed. Methods identify text strings associated with known named entities and detail the relationships and dependencies between them by type. Methods also identify synonyms for identified terms and topics or themes referenced in the text sample.

Yandex MetricaYandex Metrica API: Yandex is a major Russia-based internet company and search engine with the stated mission of answering any question internet users may have. In 2012 Yandex handled the majority of all search traffic in Russia.

Yandex.Metrica is a free website metrics service. Metrica enables site owners to analyze user behavior, evaluate advertising efficiency, and monitor effectiveness indicators. The Yandex.Metrica API provides developers with an interface to automate Metrica services such as acquiring visitation statistics, creating counters, and setting goals.

Yandex MoneyYandex Money API: Yandex is a major Russia-based internet company and search engine with the stated mission of answering any question internet users may have. In 2012 Yandex handled the majority of all search traffic in Russia.
Yandex.Money is an online payment system allowing merchants and customers to sell and purchase goods and services. The Yandex.Money API provides a developer interface for automating manipulation of Yandex.Money accounts. Exposed resources include payment, payment history analysis, and transaction history synchronization.

Yandex TranslateYandex Translate API: Yandex is a major Russia-based internet company and search engine with the stated mission of answering any question internet users may have. In 2012 Yandex handled the majority of all search traffic in Russia.

Yandex.Translate is a free online text translation service. The Yandex.Translate API provides developer access to text translation services including language detection. Six language pairs are currently supported, including English-Russian. Responses may be JSON, JSONP, or XML formatted.

Yandex WebmasterYandex Webmaster API: Yandex is a major Russia-based internet company and search engine with the stated mission of answering any question internet users may have. In 2012 Yandex handled the majority of all search traffic in Russia.

Yandex.Webmaster is a service allowing website owners to notify Yandex of new or deleted pages, improve the site’s search results representation, and configure site indexing. The Yandex.Webmaster API provides a RESTful interface for developers to automate Yandex.Webmaster user data manipulation.

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