The Programmable Employer: Application Design In the Age of Crowdsourcing

Garrett Wilkin, November 23rd, 2011

Amazon Mechanical TurkAs I continue to report on new APIs popping up all over the Internet, one theme has caught my attention:  systems powered by simple information tasks completed by humans.  It’s developing trend in which humans take requests from software systems, complete them, and feed the results back into the system.  This is a fundamental shift in computing.  Now, Human input is no longer solely for the purpose of controlling or directing the application.  It has become just another functional component of the system.  The human is taking the place of a software component and can in some instances be described in terms of expected inputs and outputs.


52 New APIs: 3Scale, Apigee and Daily Deals Aggregation

Wendell Santos, October 9th, 2011

This week we had 52 new APIs added to our API directory including a virtual work service, daily deals aggregation service, torrent sharing service, stock market data service, social media advertising service and a video sharing site. In addition we covered 3Scale’s release of three new APIs. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.


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