HopStop announced to its developer community and posted on its website that it will discontinue its free API model. HopStop’s announcement shouldn’t shock API junkies as HopStop joins an ever growing list of free API gone pay-to-play (i.e. Bing, Google Maps, etc.). Instead, HopStop’s move should make us consider business models surrounding an API offering.
Our API directory now includes 125 places APIs. The newest is the Waytag API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Google Maps API. We list 2369 Google Maps mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of places APIs.
Our API directory now includes 45 transit APIs. The newest is the Metro Transit NexTrip API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Yahoo Traffic API. We list 20 Yahoo Traffic mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of transit APIs.
Nearly 100 developers gathered on the 15th floor of the New York Times building last Saturday for a multi-API marathon of hacking, sharing, pizza and beer (plus URL-enhanced M&Ms). Representatives from industry heavyweights including Google, Facebook, Flickr and Tumblr were joined by indie hackers, makers, and tech talent from NYC’s growing startup club.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) provides the San Francisco, CA region with one of the most innovative public transportation services in the United States. Now BART offers developers the BART API. The BART API provides real-time estimated time of arrival (ETA) feeds, transit schedules, advisory feeds, and trip planning information. Our new BART API profile has details and joins a growing list of transit-related APIs including government-sponsored web services Portland’s Trimet API as well as commercial services like the Hopstop API and Urban Mapping’s Mass Transit Proximity API which we covered earlier this month.
Mass transit in metropolitan regions is becoming an increasingly popular mode of transportation for commuters faced with ever-increasing oil prices. As a result, there is an emerging need for mass transit agencies to make information more accessible to a growing number of commuters. What role can APIs play?
Mapping APIs and map mashups are the definitive form of mashup platform and application. From Google Maps to AOL Mapquest to Microsoft Virtual Earth and Yahoo! Maps, there are over 50 mapping-related APIs.
So in keeping with this week’s mapping theme, if you look at APIs sorted by type on ProgrammableWeb you can see there are now 44 APIs in the mapping category. That’s a lot of mapping-related APIs and constitutes nearly 10% of all the APIs listed at ProgrammableWeb. They may not all be what you expect. [...]
Want more APIs to work with? We’ve been adding an average of one-per-day over the past two weeks. Three of the news ones added earlier this week give you programmatic access to astrology forecasts, bus and subway routes, and a way to convert HTML to PDF. Here they are:
The Astrologer: As they note “We built [...]