At the API Craft un-conference this week in Detroit, some of the best minds in the API business gathered to talk over the problems that plague us most. It was a unique event in that the agenda was set and run by the attendees in true meet-up fashion. Quakers will recognize the format – for the conference kick-off, the group sits in silence until someone is moved to suggest a session. You suggest it, you run it and anyone who attends your session also participates in it. The sessions are true whiteboard brainstorming activities, with the outcomes posted into Github for future reading.
Getting your news should be a relatively painless process. The sheer amount of it along with the untold number of sources can make it hard to separate the signal from the noise however. With the recent shutdown of Google Reader, many of us are still looking for the best tool to aggregate news. This week we’ll look at a few recent mashups that promise to keep you informed with the latest news. Read below for more details.
This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 9 different APIs were used to build them. and ome of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Evernote. The most often used APIs this week are Bing Translator, Forvo and indeed. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Shopping (2 APIs, 2 mashups), Utility (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and Mapping (1 APIs, 1 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Quick, what do these ten people have in common: Richard Dawkins, Bob Marley, Beyonce, John Cleese, George Bush, Kate Winslet, Adolph Hitler, David Attenborough and Hugh Hefner? Forget that question for the moment and concentrate on something more important. Zoobank, the world’s official registry of Zoological Nomenclature, has released the Zoobank API.
Tired of American TV? Tired of TV in English? Escape to Viki, the leading global TV and movie network, which provides videos with crowd sourced translations in 150 languages. The Viki API allows your users to browse more than 10,000 videos by genre, country, and language, plus search across the entire database. They have over 1 billion views. The API uses OAuth2.0 authentication, REST, with responses in either JSON or XML.
There is a bold new version of the Box.net API, as the enterprise-focused file sharing company iterates on its platform. In the interview below, we discuss the future of APIs with Box’s Peter Rexer, the first in a series conducted by ProgrammableWeb and Hojoki (where I work), an aggregation tool for apps such as Google Drive, Dropbox and Evernote, that helps support team work.
Our API directory now includes 152 UK APIs. The newest is the Service-X API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the BBC API. We list 28 BBC mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of UK APIs.
The CastingWords API allows you to put their 100% human transcription service into your company’s workflow. The API’s technical webpage describes the API as “RESTish,” with responses returned in a variety of formats. The site states that, “The goal is not to follow REST’s practices closely, but rather to make an easy API to get up to speed with using a dynamic language or curl.
This week we had 81 new APIs added to our API directory including a Google Apps reseller account management service, iPad point-of-sale service, photo manipulation service, customer feedback service and a customer loyalty program service. We also covered three APIs for beating CAPTCHAs and reviewed the DynaMed clinical reference API. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.