Facebook boosts iOS SDK With better analytics. RightScale to offer first level support for Google Compute Engine. Plus: Google launches Sign In with Google Plus, Dribbble API gets a jQuery plugin and 11 new APIs.
When designing web pages, we use any tools we can get our hands on to make the experience easier and faster. Today we’re going to take a look at 10 web design APIs that, in different ways, can be very useful.
This past week 12 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 17 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include #blue, Dribbble, GitHub, Google Reader Subscriber Statistics, Kynetx, Rotten Tomatoes and Stack Overflow. The most often used APIs this week are FanFeedr Sports News, Google Maps and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (2 APIs, 3 mashups), Video (2 APIs, 4 mashups) and Photos (1 APIs, 1 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Forrst is a community for developers and designers to connect and collaborate. On Forrst users can share links, code, and in-progress projects, as well as discuss these things. This sort of community is always useful, as many eyes on projects can lead to spotting errors faster and making things more efficient for everyone involved. However, a simple website isn’t all that’s needed for true community-building these days. Developers and designers are the sort of people that use mobile devices extensively, and also the sort who love mashups and the like to save time and effort. For those people, Forrst has recently released the Forrst API, allowing access to Forrst through RESTful calls. And since that’s the sort of feature developers want to see, they’ve been clamoring for Forrst’s API, despite the site itself still in closed beta.
This past week 16 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 31 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Dribbble, Jamendo and Long URL Please. The most often used APIs this week are Amazon S3, Freebase and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Shopping (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Photos (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Music (4 APIs, 4 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
This week we had 75 new APIs added to our API directory including a subscription billing service, an SEO rank monitoring service, an online helpdesk tool, a shopping cart service, a recommendations platform, a lithuanian microblogging service an two Ning-like social network platforms. Additionally, we covered two of the APIs more in-depth with full blog posts. Tracing the Past Street by Street looked at the Addressing History API. Then we took a peek at unofficial documentation to the official Instagram API, which we called The Full-featured, Unpublished Instagram API. Below you’ll find more detail on all 75 new APIs.