Microsoft plans to terminate the Skype API, provoking developers to launch a petition. Goo Technologies demonstrates Firefox web audio. Plus: TM Forum launches proven API ecosystem, Google updates CardDAV API, and 10 new APIs.
User experience on the web has now become a differentiator – websites that are fast, sleek and easy-to-navigate get more traffic, more conversions and a better brand reputation. As competition is always just one-click away on the web, companies are now focused on providing the best experience possible to avoid losing visitors – and, ultimately, sales. However, websites have become complex ecosystems, rich with media, third-party services and built off of internal and external platforms. Figuring out the user experience is not an easy task as overall performance varies based on location, network, browser and operating system (OS), as well as the performance of the individual components on the page itself.
The Lob API might be the simplest way to integrate printing into applications. Caringo’s CloudScaler 2.0 features Amazon S3 API support. Facebook adds Page Locations API. Plus: SendGrid joins Google Cloud Platform Partner Program, SiteScout rolls out API, Nest potentially opening an API, and 16 new APIs.
As the smell of solder wafted in the air from hardware and software techies working together, the first annual Maine Civic Hackday, a local hackathon that was part of the National Day of Civic Hacking got underway in Bangor, Maine. Held June 1 and 2, it marked the beginning of what promises to be a global sea change in putting government data to a wide variety of uses, using APIs. One of 95 events held simultaneously across the country, Bangor’s hackathon was organized by Programmableweb’s own Garret Wilkin.
Hackers across the country are getting ready to participate in the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking which will take place in over 80 cities on June 1st and 2nd, 2013. The two day event will bring together citizens, developers, government agencies and entrepreneurs to create applications using publicly available APIs and datasets, to help solve a civic or social problem impacting the local community.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has just launched the brand new USDA Farmers Market Directory API providing developers programmatic access to the USDA National Farmers Market Directory database. According to the USDA website, the National Farmers Market Directory has over 7,800 farmers market listings for all 50 states and provides consumers farmers market information such as market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, and accepted forms of payment.
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.
This week we had 66 new APIs added to our API directory including a content delivery service, electronic signature service, online payment service, community idea generation platform and online content aggregation and sharing service. In addition we covered Change.org’s Petition API and an API for recovering lost data. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Of the many APIs we published this week, eighteen were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those eighteen, which included the CIPF RENATO API.
Think signing petitions is useless? There’s probably an app for that. But Change.org proves the cynics wrong–every day. And now there’s a Change.org API to rattle the powerful even further. The API is in beta, is free, and uses REST with JSON returned. The API covers a multitude of requests from creating petitions to checking signatures, from looking at the case for a petition to updating them.