Twitter will turn eight in March and the Twitter API will have its birthday toward the end of the year. It’s been a long ride for something that started as sort of a side project. The service, and especially its API, saw quick growth, as the platform expanded, added features and eventually had to grow up.
When it comes to APIs there’s no shortage of information or, for that matter, opinions. In the hopes of bringing some clarity to that discussion, 3Scale has launched API Alchemy, a portal through which developers and other interested parties can discover relevant API content that has been vetted by the API management platform provider.
The way that US telecom carrier AT&T is approaching APIs for the enterprise offers key insights for app developers and business stakeholders looking for market entry opportunities into a global ecosystem. ProgrammableWeb spoke with AT&T Vice President of Ecosystem Development and Platform Solutions, Laura Merling about the broader API strategy. Meanwhile Chris Aron, Product Manager of AT&T Location Information Services, demonstrated how the AT&T approach translates into an industry-specific partnership with Sabre, the global travel tech company.
For many APIs, a developer portal is the first interaction a developer will have with the API. Typically, this is where a developer finds documentation, code examples, an app gallery and other details that connect them with the API provider. If you want developers to use your service, you’ll aim to make everything within the developer portal as clear as possible. Consider these six steps to bring clarity to your current and future developers.
Startups that want to design innovative products and services using data that’s accessible via the web now have better data mining tools, thanks in part to startups like the award-winning import.io. Meanwhile, the recent settlement between U.S. startup People+ and AOL around accessing the entire Crunchbase database via API for a Google Glass app means there could be greater clarity for startups around data usage rights when creating commercial ventures. ProgrammableWeb spoke with import.io co-founder and chief data officer Andrew Fogg and Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Mitch Stoltz to discuss commercial trends in data scraping and developer rights in using data via APIs for business product design.
This week, we had 52 new APIs added to our API directory including a license plate communication and tracking platform , a tool for deep linking URLs and links in web and mobile applications, and an online shopping assistant API. We also featured a story exploring the state of web audio APIs.
At NordicAPIs yesterday, Andreas Krohn (Dopter SE) and Anna Mirsch (Mannheimer Swartling) launched the Swedish API Licensing site on behalf of their project partners Samtrafiken and Viktoria Swedish ICT. The project – funded by Vinnova, the Swedish government agency for innovation – aims to remove legal barriers for Swedish businesses and speed up time-to-market for their API products and services. It is hoped that the resource will also give greater clarity to developers looking at integrating available APIs. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Andreas Krohn after the launch.
AWS has launched CloudTrail: a resource tracking and user visibility API. CloudTrail records API calls made to AWS accounts and returns log files. CloudTrail records calls across AWS services. Whether you need to track calls made to the AWS Management Console, AWS SDKs, command line tools, Cloud-Formation, or other AWS services; CloudTrail’s call history helps increase security analysis, resource change analysis, and compliance.
In Part 1 of our four-part look at the developer experience and business-to-developer (B2D) marketing strategies, we reviewed the toe-dipping exercise of gauging developer interest in an API and how to use a landing page signup to better define potential developer segments — or personas — who may need access to a business’ data assets via an API. In Part 2, we look at how two web services businesses, Unbounce and Wordtracker, have managed a private beta release of their APIs.
Our API directory now includes 50 accounting APIs. The newest is the Accounting Suite API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Intuit Data Service API. We list one Intuit Data Service mashup.