Today in APIs: Skype API Shutdown Provokes Petition, Firefox Web Audio, and 10 New APIs

Greg Bates, October 29th, 2013

SkypeMicrosoft 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.


The Safari Performance Blind Spot

Guest Author, August 20th, 2013

CatchpointUser 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.


Today in APIs: Lob’s Printing API, Caringo CloudScaler 2.0, Facebook Page Location API, and 16 NEW APIs

Eric Carter, July 26th, 2013

LobThe 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.


Maine Civic Hackathon Plows Through Data

Greg Bates, June 5th, 2013

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.


Civic Hackers Across the Country Will Band Together in June for National Day of Civic Hacking

Janet Wagner, May 17th, 2013

National Day of Civic HackingHackers 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.


USDA Launches New API That Provides Developers Access to a Wealth of Farmers Market Data

Janet Wagner, May 16th, 2013

USDAThe 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.


945 Social APIs: Twitter, Facebook and Delicious

Wendell Santos, January 16th, 2013

TwitterOur 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.


66 New APIs: Amazon CloudFront CDN, Chase and HelloSign

Wendell Santos, November 11th, 2012
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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.


API Spotlight: Social Media Curation Snip.It, Captricity, and Clean Power Estimation.

Matthew Scott, November 9th, 2012

CIPF RENATOOf 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.


Change.org Petitions API: Is the Pen Mightier Than the Ballot?

Greg Bates, November 7th, 2012

Change.orgThink 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.


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