APIs enable incredible customization. No longer are customers locked into a specific interface or feature set: they can modify and augment core functionality as they see fit. It is incredibly liberating, but just deploying any old API isn’t enough. You need to really understand how people use your API. Luckily, you can group most API usage into one of two buckets: reading and writing.
Our API directory now includes 338 shopping APIs. The newest is the Cupónica. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Amazon eCommerce. We list 413 Amazon eCommerce mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of shopping APIs.
Our API directory now includes 124 payment APIs. The newest is the LevelUp API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the PayPal API. We list 32 PayPal mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of payment APIs.
I saw a new acronym the other day, “SoLoMoClo,” which stands for Social, Local, Mobile, Cloud. The reason people are focused on these four categories are the multi-billion dollar ecosystems created by Facebook and Twitter in Social, Groupon in Local, iOS (Apple) and Android (Google) in Mobile, and Amazon and Salesforce in Cloud. I think we’ve only scraped the tip of the iceberg in these categories, and that a number of SoLoMoClo companies will break out in 2012.
Ruby developer Wynn Netherland has put together an impressive list of Ruby wrappers for some of the most frequently used APIs on the web. Netherland’s site requires four screens of scrolling to see all 19 of the libraries he has contributed.
There are a number of details required to start a new website and in many cases you’ll find yourself solving the same problems over again on the next project. A new class of extremely useful APIs is arising to fix those recurring pains. One such platform is provided by Prefinery, a system to outsource your beta invite process.
More than ever, websites are seeking out revenue opportunities. And for services that provide value, customers are willing to pay. However, if creating an e-commerce system is too much distraction for your development team, try to get yourself in on the Chargify beta.
This week we had 7 new APIs added to our API directory. They range from 2 different payment APIs (mobile and recurring), one that lets online web forms that output PDF files, another API lets you control phone calls in the cloud, one lets you dynamically update mobile augmented reality apps, and there’s an SMS API that also features an email to SMS gateway. More on each of these new API listings below.