Our API directory now includes 96 stocks APIs. The newest is the Eurex VALUES API. The most popular, in terms of directory page views, is the Bloomberg API. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of stocks APIs.
Our API directory now includes 180 finance APIs. The newest is the TTAGG Stock API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the PayPal API. We list 33 PayPal mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of finance APIs.
Web APIs represent one of the biggest technology trends of recent years, by leveraging the simple technologies of the Web (REST, JSON, HTTP) for application integration. Although Web APIs are quite simple, organizations have realized that if they expose data in this easy way, they enable an array of mobile apps to be written to consume them. Examples of APIs include simple ways to query company stock information from brokerages, to retrieve flight information from airlines, and to retrieve shipping information from freight companies. In each case, it is simply Web technologies which are used. This is a great use of the language of the Web to address an older problem: data integration.
Sure, Facebook filed for an IPO today, but it also provided developers some great guidance on using real-time features in the Facebook API. And while Bloomberg’s lead news story is the Facebook IPO, in the API world it’s probably more interesting to look at Bloomberg’s new open platform. Plus: why we can’t agree about REST, API-related job growth and a whopping 28 new APIs.
The banking and finance industries, as you may know, are not on the top of the list for openness. ”TradeKing has aimed to be the most innovative and transparent broker from the beginning,” CIO Dan Raju said when I spoke with him recently about the TradeKing API and the strategic reasons for providing it to the marketplace. TradeKing deserves credit for taking this bold stance.
ETrade recently entered the API scene with a new financial API. This can position ETrade to catch up to the base of custom applications connected to TD Ameritrade’s API, with the many compelling features provided at first launch.
This week’s issue of BusinessWeek has a four-part special report entitled “CEO Guide to Mashups” by Rachael King. The articles cover the enterprise mashup space, consumer mashups, mobile and banking mashups.
Building a Business on a Mashup: “These combos of disparate programs or Web applications are in the hobbyist phase, but entrepreneurs are seeking to turn [...]