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
Our API directory now includes 44 booking APIs. The newest is the WuBook Wired API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Rezgo API. We list 5 Rezgo mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of booking APIs.
Our API directory now includes 134 travel APIs. The newest is the TakeABreak API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Kayak API. We list 12 Kayak mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of travel APIs.
There is no doubt that there is a lot of money to be made in travel. Heck, travel (globally) accounts for over 12% of the World’s GDP. That is some serious coin. You have an incredible idea for a web application that is going to make travellers love you and make you rich at the same time. The question is… who should I connect with and why? Here is a quick run down on the pros and cons of connecting with the likely, and not so likely, hotel distribution partners.
The Tnooz THack event at ITA Google’s headquarters in Boston was a lesson in how overwhelming development for the travel industry can be. On the morning of the first day of the hackathon, the eleven API hosts provided brief descriptions of their APIs and their respective functionality or access to data. It became clear, very quickly, that most of the APIs were not like the Twitter API or Google Maps API. Many of the APIs delivered a lot of complex data in a highly structured format. Building some kind of mash-up using any of the APIs would be a challenge.
This week we had 40 new APIs added to our API directory including a social trip planning service, content sharing service, startup financing community, website video recording tool, food review and sharing service, and a mobile marketing service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
This week we had 54 new APIs added to our API directory including a cloud storage service, image editing service, mobile payments service, social media marketing platform, contextual keyword extraction service, travel industry transaction processing service. In addition, we provided more in depth coverage of an online music service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
If there is a segment that is ripe for integration it is travel. APIs in the travel segment have been around for a very long time. In fact, some of the earliest APIs are based on Electronic Data Interchange, which dates back to the 1960s. Granted many of these connections are highly complex enterprise only integrations, it is a history that should bode well for modern day integrations, should it not? Despite a long history of interconnectedness, much of the travel space still remains behind closed doors. The major global distribution systems, represented by Sabre, Travelport, and Amadeus all offer powerful APIs of their own, but their commercial requirements tend to be out of the league of most application developers.
In spite of the limitations the travel industry has effectively self imposed, there still exists many opportunities to monetize sites using travel APIs. There are several types of APIs available in the travel space. Most are transactional and some are content driven. Let’s take a look a broad categorization of available travel APIs.
This week we had 23 new APIs added to our API directory including a campground database, web based CRM and marketing system, online shopping cart software, task tracking application for agile projects, real-time carbon footprint estimates and a hyperlocal data and news aggregator. Below is more detail on each of these new APIs.