338 Shopping APIs: Cupónica, Amazon and eBay

Kevin Sundstrom, July 11th, 2012

eBayOur API directory now includes 338 shopping APIs. The newest is the Cupónica. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Amazon eCommerce. We list 413 Amazon eCommerce mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of shopping APIs.

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.

Early Winners and Losers of the Platform Wars

Guest Author, September 22nd, 2011

A long time ago in Internet years, in a galaxy not so far away, a handful of tech titans in Silicon Valley and Seattle began building business platforms and battling for supremacy. The mobile device and app revolution hadn’t yet begun. Terms like “social networking” and “wisdom of crowds” were going “viral”. Web services and APIs were still emerging. The Google IPO of late 2004 had effectively slammed shut the Web 1.0 dotbomb era, paving the way for the amazing evolution of Web 2.0 services in 2005 that hit the mainstream in 2006.

Developer Painkiller: Interactive API Docs

Guest Author, August 30th, 2011

MasheryDevelopers are game changers. Developers are craftspeople. Like all smart, motivated tinkerers who like to make stuff, developers also tend to have strongly-held opinions about what makes their craft easier or more difficult. Developer pain tiers upwards from mildly annoying to “bang head here” WTF. Debugging someone else’s sloppy code or terminal sessions timing out? Non-awesome. Coworkers talking loudly on the phone near their desk or standing over their shoulders? Painful. Awful documentation? Excruciating.

Smarter API Documentation Puts Inputs and Outputs Inline

Kin Lane, July 26th, 2011

MasheryTo support the demand for better API documentation, Mashery, a provider of API management and strategy services, launched a new set of API documentation tools. The new feature is a combination of API documentation and an API explorer, allowing developers to make requests on an API inline while browsing the API reference materials.

20 APIs Used in 7 Days: Thrutu, Bing, Twilio

Wendell Santos, July 23rd, 2011

This past week 11 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 20 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Alchemy, Alibris, All for Good, Aviary Effects, Extractiv, FreebieSMS, Google Apps Script, InfoChimps Twitter, Swoogle and Thrutu. The most often used APIs this week are Aviary Effects, Swoogle and Thrutu. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Other (2 APIs, 2 mashups), Music (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and Shopping (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:

TextBook Exchange Bags Top Honors in Alibris API Contest

Romin Irani, July 6th, 2011

Alibris, an online marketplace for Independent sellers of popular, collectible and bargain books, music and movies has announced the winners for its developer contest held in May. The contest invited developers to make innovative use of the Alibris API with prizes for best overall application, Android application, mashup and most fun application.

Thanks ProgrammableWeb Sponsors

Adam DuVander, May 24th, 2011

ProgrammableWebProgrammableWeb has seen tremendous growth, as we shot past 3,000 APIs in our directory. Our sponsors and partners enable us to have the top-notch writing and editing staff we do to maintain this growth. We’re pleased to offer you this chance to learn more about the companies that make our site possible.

Over $100,000 Awaits in Developer Contests

Adam DuVander, April 15th, 2011

$1000Contests continue to be a great way for API providers to encourage use of their platforms. These contests also quickly increase the number of apps built on a platform, which makes a difference when developers are later assessing potential APIs with which to integrate. Contests can also be a great deal for developers in terms of exposure, as well as monetary compensation. Our list of contests shows that over $100,000 is up for grabs.

Alibris Invites Developers to Hack Night and Developer Contest

Romin Irani, April 13th, 2011

AlibrisAlibris, an online marketplace for Independent sellers of popular, collectible and bargain books, music and movies has announced a couple of events to boost its developer community. The first is a Hack Night on April 29th and then a month-long developer contest that runs through May.

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