How much coding does it take to turn a web page into an API? Import.io says zero: it’s now simply a matter of mouse clicks. How many mouse clicks? We could well be approaching zero there as well.
Greg Kumparak reporting from the Techcrunch Disrupt conference outlines just how simple it is:
You load the browser, open the URL for the page you’re interested in turning into an API, then start selecting the specific elements of the page (like, say, each result on a search page) that you want to be able to extract. After you’ve picked a few elements, import.io starts to figure out which data you’re aiming for. Hit save, give it a name, and bam — you’ve got your API. This data can also be exported as HTML, CSV, or XLS.
Import.io claims 8,000 users who have already created 15,000 APIs. Data Factory will allow them and others to create APIs for 10,000 websites by the end of the year–no user training required.
From Amazon to Banana Republic, from Target to Walmart and legions of other partners, InComm aims to be the place to go for companies deploying loyalty programs, coupons and wallets. With the Cashtie Cloud Match API, providers can create these programs and make them work seamlessly for their retail clients.
As the press release explains, Cashtie removes the complexity of creating discounts and loyalty programs in real time:
“Here is how the Cashtie service works: a consumer selects to display a barcode for a coupon, payment or loyalty transaction within a mobile application and presents the barcode on their mobile phone to a cashier to be scanned. When the barcode is scanned from the mobile phone at the POS, the Cashtie Cloud Match Service instantly receives the transaction information. The cloud match service uses the transaction details to match, in the cloud, the transaction at a specific cash register within a particular retail location and the provider that is associated with the barcode. Cashtie then shares this information with the provider, who matches it to a specific consumer and responds with the transaction details for making a payment, receiving a discount or gaining loyalty points. Cashtie then sends the details for the transaction back to the POS either via InComm’s proprietary switching technology, as part of InComm’s Enhanced Payment Platform or to any third party switching solution used by the retailer. All of this occurs in real-time.”
Here’s why this is a leap forward. Installations for retailers are eliminated; implementation is fast; as a provider you can expand to many more retailers, which helps drive consumer adoption; transactions can be done by mobile phone, eliminating paper coupons; and then there is security: Cashtie’s barcode tokenization prevents sensitive consumer dat from being transmitted to the POS.
API News Your Shouldn’t Miss
Today we had 16 new APIs added to our API directory including a new york city financial data service, a german fantasy soccer league service, a driving assistant application, a content sharing and relevance service and an application metric tracking service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Checkbook NYC API: New York City provides programmatic access and feeds to the financial data that flows through The Office of the Comptroller. The Checkbook NYC API allows users to make REST calls to return a maximum of 1000 records. The API allows access to Budgets, Contracts, Payroll, Revenue, and Spending. The API returns data in XML format.
Comunio API: Comunio is a fantasy European football / soccer service that lets users create and manage their own Bundesliga teams and leagues with their friends. Bundesliga is a professional German football league. Comunio site members can manage their teams’ line-ups, tactics, and transfers. Although much of the website is available in many languages, some parts of the site (e.g. news) are only available in German.
iOnRoad API: iOnRoad is an application for mobile phones to help drivers navigate their way through driving. iOnRoad provides traffic information, collision warnings, and features to make calling and talking easier while driving.
The iOnRoad API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of iOnRoad with other applications. Public API access is not available; interested developers should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Karmacracy API: Karmacracy is a service for people who like to share content online. Share links on social networks via Karmacracy’s url shortener and receive detailed statistics on the relevance of that content to your audience. Learn how relevant you are to your followers, improve your influence, and to meet new people and discover new content along the way.
Karmacracy offer a REST API for programmatic access to Karmacracy services. Use the API to retrieve: user info, Facebook pages, evolution stats, relevance stats, domains, and more. An API key is required.
MarkedUp API: MarkedUp is an analytics and insights platform for applications. Developers and publishers can use MarkedUp to review metrics and user behavior of their applications to make informed decisions.
The MarkedUp API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of MarkedUp with other applications. Some example API methods include viewing user behavior, accessing inapp purchase behavior, and managing user accounts.
Meteogalica MeteoSIX API: MeteoGalicia is the regional meteorological agency for Galicia, Spain. MeteoGalicia provides operative weather forecasts, numerical weather forecasts, meteorological visualization and climatology.
MetoGalicia’s MeteoSIX API is a free web service for access to meteorological and oceanographic information. Use the API to retrieve tide forecasts, estimated sunrise and sunset hours, and results of the different numeric forecast models. The API is RESTful and an API key is required.
Open University of Catalonia (UOC) API: The Open University of Catalonia (UOC) is a public, internet-centered university that offers online degree and specialization courses. Based out of Barcelona, Spain, The UOC is an internationally recognized online university with a community of over 60,000 students.
The Open University of Catalonia offers an open REST API. Available services include calender, classroom, mail, people, subject, and user. Accepted formats are XML and JSON. An API key is required.
ScaleDo API: ScaleDo is an online marketplace where you can shop for a variety of SaaS services. Shop at ScaleDo to find solutions for managing your businesses. Services offered include online invoicing, domain hosting, customer support solutions, and more.
ScaleDo offers a REST API for ScaleDo Vendors. API methods include Users, Products, Product Prices, and Ordered Services. Authentication is provided via basic http authencication with username and password.
SimplyHired Jobs API: SimplyHired is an online recruiting solution that serves over 30 million people and thousands of employers across 24 countries. The site offers an extensive job search tool searchable by both job title, and locations, as well as allowing additional filters to refine searches. The SImplyHired Job API allows developers and web publishers to create custom job search tools, widgets, and mashups, using the database of over 5 million jobs. Select partners who utilize the API can join the affiliate program and monetize third-party sites.
SquidAnalytics API: Squid Solutions is a data collection, transformation, and insight service. The site offers a data management service, data auditing, data reconciliation, and multi-level session analytics. The SquidAnalytics API allows the user to use standard Rest calls to access to all platform functionalities and be able to integrate them into third-party applications. The API uses REST calls and returns JSON. SSL and OAuth 2.0 are used for authentication once an account has been created.
Timeneye Time Tracking API: Timeneye is an online time-tracking service that provides a simple user interface for tracking time spent and billable hours for multiple projects. Users can get reports at varying levels of detail for specific projects, users, or time frames. The status screen allows project managers to view team progress almost in real time.
Timeneye is designed to be compatible with Basecamp, an online project management and collaboration service. Users can automatically sync information between the two services, tracking time in either service and having the information available in both.
Developers can integrate Timeneye’s time tracking functions into their projects or applications using the RESTful Timeneye Time Tracking API.
Tradier API: Tradier is a brokerage platform for equity and options trading. It is designed to provide simple, intuitive, and inexpensive ways for users to place trades, check their balances, and transfer money. Tradier provides a RESTful API for accessing the platform’s trading functions, account services, and real-time and historical market data.
Trendy Skills API: Trendy Skills is a database of language and programming skills that employers seek in the technology industry.
The Trendy Skills API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Trendy Skills with other applications. Some example API methods include searching for keywords, searching by category, and retrieving results.
TwinPush API: TwinPush is a delivery and segment analysis platform for push notifications. Twin Push helps you manage and analyze mobile campaigns through proximity notifications, audience targeting, and by letting you know how may times messages have been read.
TwinPush offers developers a REST API for the integration of TwinPush services into any application. API resources include apps, notifications, and devices. Authentication is provided via SSL and an API token.
You Tracker Image Watermarker API: You Tracker offers the Image Watermarker API, which allows users to add a picture or text watermark to an image in whatever size, opacity, location, font, or color that they want. Examples of watermarked images and basic documentation for the API are provided on the You Tracker website. The API is free for public use.
ZenPayroll API: ZenPayroll is a payroll management service that facilitates tax calculations, tax filings, payments, direct deposits, and checks, independent contractor payments, and other functions. The ZenPayroll API allows users to integrate third-party systems with the ZenPayroll platform. An account is required with service, and OAuth 2.0 is used for authentication.