The growth of APIs owes a lot of thanks to mobile. The reverse is also true, as APIs make possible much of what happens on mobile devices. Along the way, popular API segments have grown with mobile-specific offerings. Perhaps predictably, mobile payments is one of those areas of hyper growth. The most recent crop of mobile payment APIs focuses on specific platforms much of the time, either in addition to or instead of a more universal RESTful API.
There is a category of vendors on the rise in the API space; Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). The term is fairly new and there is some debate as to the definition and features of vendors that would be classified in the iPaaS category. This post is an overview of iPaaS and features several vendors that offer iPaaS solutions.
Dwolla is an extremely innovative Payment API and the site allows you to transfer money with one of the least payment charges. We have covered Dwolla before here. Here is an interview with Michael Schonfeld, Developer Evangelist of Dwolla API.
Last month ProgrammableWeb reported that Codecademy had launched a new curriculum featuring website and application development using APIs. Codecademy has just announced the addition of new APIs and courses to the curriculum.
Zinc bridges the gap between bloggers and content creators and the retailers that sell the products reviewed and covered. The Zinc API allows anyone with an online presence to add a few lines of code to a site or app and seamlessly add ordering functionality. Zinc integrates with various online retailers; so, readers/consumers no longer need to leave a site to order a product from a major online retailer.
Dwolla, highly innovative payment network, celebrates its second anniversary by hosting a hackathon in its birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa. To complement the unusual choice of geography for a hackathon, Dwolla chose a name to fit the occasion: Old MacDonald Hackathon. Dwolla and co-host, Silicon Prairie News, aim for 50 developers to enjoy the scene and conjure up some disruptive applications utilizing Dwolla’s APIs.
Revel Systems API makes it possible to run a cash register, a restaurant and a mobile point-of-sale system with an iPad as the center of the user interface. Check out what Revel has to say about the API on their website.