GitHub is not just for code anymore. There are 84 APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory that host their documentation on the site that makes code social. That count includes the official GitHub API, of course. What’s especially interesting is that hosting docs on GitHub is not just for small startups, side projects or entities with an open source ethos. There are some big companies choosing to put forward information about their API right where someone might be looking for code.
Our API directory now includes 945 social APIs. The newest is the SmartBots API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Twitter API. We list [num] Twitter mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of social APIs.
Hipmob is an easy-to-use mobile chat client that works to connect customers with customer service and support, in real time. It’s a simple process of integrating the Hipmob library into the Android or iPhone app, then logging in to any Jabber or XMPP enabled IM client.
Our API directory now includes 57 chat APIs. The newest is the Imo Games API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Skype API. We list 28 Skype mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of chat APIs.
This past week 23 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 32 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Amazon Marketplace Web Service, Campfire, Chirpio, DocuSign Enterprise, Enthusem, Intuit Data Service, Ping.fm, Tropo and zanox. The most often used APIs this week are Box.net, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (5 APIs, 9 mashups), Enterprise (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Mapping (3 APIs, 8 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Last week our mashups directory passed a new milestone, number 5000. Maps are still by far the number one type of mashup, but by slightly less than the snapshots of our previous milestones, as the directory has grown to include many types of mashups. Along the way, we’ve seen some prolific developers and there have been big wins for a number of mashups.
Collaboration company 37Signals bought the popular Ember iPhone app, which uses the company’s Campfire API (our Campfire API profile) to display and update chats. The app has been renamed 37Signals Campfire and is now available for free (previously $9.99).
Today at its latest Campfire One event, Google announced major updates to Google App Engine, their scalable cloud computing platform for web applications. App Engine developers will soon be able to create web-scale applications using standard Java APIs, and will be able to create AJAX components using Google’s Web Toolkit. Other major features include cron support for scheduling tasks, tools for securely accessing and importing data, and a new Google development plugin for the Eclipse IDE.
Google just significantly raised the stakes in the platform-as-a-service market with tonight’s launch of Google App Engine, a scalable, fault-tolerant web application environment that lets developers run their own apps on Google’s infrastructure.