Most Popular APIs: At Least One Will Surprise You

Adam DuVander, January 23rd, 2014

There are a number of ways to discuss API popularity. One of the common methods ProgrammableWeb has used is by mashups, the number of completed apps. However, there may be a leading indicator before developers have even started writing code. The “track” functionality on ProgrammableWeb lets developers declare an interest in receiving updates on particular APIs. By diving into this data we can see many things. For example, recently developers have loved travel. Overall, social and visual APIs rule

Automobile: The Next Major Technology Platform – Part II – Infotainment, Navigation and Telematics

Janet Wagner, June 20th, 2013

ProgrammableWebThis post features the three categories of connected car services; Infotainment, Navigation and Telematics as well as several recent news announcements. According to Connected Cars World, the trade association divides connected car services into three categories; Infotainment, Navigation and Telematics.

Best New Mashups: Weather Mashups Using Weather Underground, Yahoo Weather and World Weather Online

Wendell Santos, May 3rd, 2013

Yahoo WeatherIt’s May and that means that we don’t want to spend our weekends stuck inside. We want to know if and when the weather will be good so that we can enjoy our time outside. This week’s roundup includes mashups that cover all aspects of weather forecasts. You can also take a look at previous weather mashups that we’ve highlighted. The big surprise is that Accuweather isn’t represented here. If you know of any good apps or mashups using the Accuweather API, please let us know about them.

The New API: Apps, Partners, Income

Adam DuVander, June 13th, 2012

APIs are no longer technical nice-to-haves. These three letters are being spoken in board rooms and used as the basis for business strategy. One place you can see the effects of API growing up is the sheer number in our directory. But big numbers only tell us so much. In our many discussions with API providers, we’ve noticed a pattern with how many are approaching their platforms. These threads point to an alternate meaning for API: Apps, Partners and Income.

Fun Mashups: Zombies, Monsters and Comics

Janet Wagner, March 5th, 2012

ZazzleThere are thousands of Web APIs now available on ProgrammableWeb. More and more developers are using Web APIs to create very useful web applications and mashups. Some developers are using Web APIs to create mashups that are just plain fun. This post features a few really creative, entertaining mashups.

Weather APIs Quadrupled in Two Years

Adam DuVander, March 2nd, 2012

WeatherBugIt’s been about two years since we wrote about Google’s Secret Weather API, when we pegged the number of official weather APIs at just 8. The directory has certainly expanded since that time, but growing at an even faster rate is the weather category. We currently list 37 weather APIs, more than four times the number in 2010.

26 Weather APIs, 12 Support JSON

Wendell Santos, January 11th, 2012

HAMweather AerisWeather has always been a popular category with 26 Weather APIs listed in our directory. While XML is still the leading data format used, the trend of JSON becoming the developer’s choice over the last few years is also reflected in the Weather category. Since the beginning of 2010, JSON is the leading data format used by Weather APIs with 11 added to the directory out of 12 JSON weather APIs. The chart below shows the breakdown of APIs using various data formats.

Best New Mashups: Best Mashups of 2011

Wendell Santos, December 30th, 2011

2011 was another great year for mashups. At ProgrammableWeb we saw over 900 new mashups added to our directory. Popular app categories such as mapping, search and shopping continued to lead the way. This year however saw social apps continue their rapid growth from the last couple of years. As 2011 comes to a close, we take a look back at some of the best and most popular mashups that were submitted.

Best New Mashups: Get The Latest News

Allen Tipper, May 26th, 2011

TwitterA lot of our readers, like me, are news addicts. The latest news matters to a lot of us, and there are some good new mashups to help us find it. Take, for example,, which shows you the latest breaking news being tweeted through Twitter in realtime:

24 APIs Used in 7 Days: Facebook, and Twitter

Adam DuVander, May 14th, 2011

This past week 15 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 24 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include AccuWeather, Fitbit, ImmobilienScout24 and Rovi Cloud Services. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Music (5 APIs, 7 mashups), Shopping (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Mapping (2 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:

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