At the API Academy, we make a habit of studying APIs and discussing them to get better at our craft. We usually do this in private and behind closed doors, but last month Programmable Web gave me an opportunity to write up a public review of the Box API, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to write another. This time, we will be delving into eBay’s set of APIs.
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.
Humans are great at observational learning. As children we learn by observing the goals, actions and outcomes of others. Many programmers have applied this style of learning to improve their craft by studying and understanding code written by their peers. The same is true for our API design world. Reviewing and dissecting the web APIs that are available on the web can provide us with enormous insight into the design of APIs in general. In this post, we will look into the Box.net API and see what we can learn.
Crowdtilt has released an API that gives developers a chance to process payment in a new way. Jibe Mobile has announced a successful round of funding that finished with over $8 million. Plus: a migration guide for the AdSense Management API, Facebook separates Read/Write permissions, makes App login clearer, and 8 New APIs.
Busy week! We’ve got nine job openings this week in a variety of roles. Also notable this time around is the platform positions at companies not typically known for their API work: Visa, Bloomberg and Getty Images. As more and more companies continue to build an API strategy we’ll continue to see even more of these types of openings.
A mobile app using the Google Analytics API ran into a really good problem to have. It got popular. The Analytiks app had enough users that it was frequently going beyond the 50K requests per day allotted to each developer. Each users has to authenticate, but then all share a single pool of requests. By contrast, the Twitter API’s per-user limit makes more sense.
Ordr.in founder and CEO, David Bloom, marks Ordr.in as the “Twilio for food.” If that description fails to provide clarity, Ordr.in builds order and menu management tools for restaurants. Its API and enhanced toolkit (Hackfood) was announced and tested at Hackfood the Hackathon last week.
There’s a lot that’s been written about the content of API documentation, but what about its look-and-feel? Unlike many types of information, API documentation is not meant to be read front-to-back, but is meant to be scanned for relevant information. This means that the look-and-feel should be very clean. Clarity is a much higher priority than aesthetics.
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.
Facebook is kicking off a world tour for developers hacking on its Facebook API. There more security and extra endpoints coming to DoubleClick API. Plus: another voice recognition service, plenty more Twitter chatter and 19 new APIs.