At last week’s Small Business Web Summit, I hosted a pair of API sessions, including one on developer experience. Joe Dennis of ItDuzzit and Ray Anderson of BatchBook led the spirited discussion. In the end, the group voted on the most important aspects we covered, with standards narrowly beating out documentation as the most important factors.
NPR gets serious about teaching developers to use its API. Blogger added to HootSuite’s app directory. Plus: GSA rolls out new metrics and API for social media, Adland on Twitter Ads API, and 11 new APIs.
Consumers, providers and lovers of APIs need some face time. That’s why ProgrammableWeb is helping host an API roundtable track at the Small Business Web Summit on February 19 in San Jose. The goal is to get API thinkers together to discuss the issues we face and find solutions that improve experiences for everybody. Plus, there are two chances to drink and dine together, included in the modest event pass.
Our API directory now includes 443 enterprise APIs. The newest is the Swift-Kanban API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the LinkedIn API. We list 48 LinkedIn mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of enterprise APIs.
Our API directory now includes 63 CRM APIs. The newest is the PingGiant API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Salesforce API. We list 44 Salesforce mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of CRM APIs.
This past week 19 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 BatchBook, BBC Music, Drawloop, Google Latitude, GreatSchools, New York Times TimesPeople, Tweet Scan, Walk Score and Wordnik. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Tropo and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (6 APIs, 13 mashups), Music (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Social (2 APIs, 5 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
This past week 17 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 55 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include AlchemyAPI Keyword and Term Extraction , Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon Marketplace Web Service, BatchBook, CitySourced, Dailyplaces, Factual, Google Maps Elevation, Google Places, SEOmoz, Walk Score, WhitePages.com, Yellow Canada and Zappos. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Google Earth and Google Maps. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (8 APIs, 14 mashups), Shopping (7 APIs, 8 mashups) and Social (6 APIs, 9 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
It’s been a busy week on ProgrammableWeb, with 18 new web service APIs added to our listings. They cover a wide range from APIs for financial market data, to video chat APIs to major telephony APIs. Since we won’t have time to cover all of these individually (as with our Do the Green Thing coverage), here’s the full set:
Whether you’ve heard of it or not, Platform as a Service, or PaaS, is an emerging trend that is quickly giving way to thousands of mashups across the web and corporate Intranets. A new article in the E-Commerce Times entitled “The PaaS Era, Part 1: Everybody’s Pounding Out Mashups” highlights the growth of mashups as web startups and established companies continue to open up their platforms to third party developers.