Is REST losing its flair – REST API Alternatives

Guest Author, December 19th, 2013
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The adoption of REST as the predominant method to build public APIs has over-shadowed any other API technology or approach in recent years. Although several alternatives (mainly SOAP) are still (very) prevalent in the enterprise, the early adopters of the API movement have taken a definitive stance against them and opted for REST as their approach and JSON as their preferred message format.


Best New Mashups: August Roundup featuring Thinknum, Careerjet and Syndicate Plus

Matthew Scott, August 31st, 2013

ThinknumSummer is slowly coming to an end as Labor Day approaches which means its time to turn the page on August mashups. Before we do that, lets take a look at some of the awesome mashups submitted to our directory this month. These mashups include an artist discovery application for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, cash flow model analysis through the web, a real time search engine for the Indonesian job market, and daily deals for Netherlands super markets.


8 APIs Used in 7 Days: Flickr, Last.fm and Ordr.in

Wendell Santos, August 10th, 2013

This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 8 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Mandrill and Venmo. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Ordr.in and Venmo. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (2 APIs, 5 mashups), Email (1 APIs, 1 mashups) and Food (1 APIs, 1 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:


17 APIs Used in 7 Days: LinkedIn, Discogs and Google Single SignOn

Wendell Santos, July 6th, 2013

This past week 6 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 43 Places, Data.Washington, Data24-7 , Holidays Service, Home Energy Saver, Juno Download and LocalSchoolDirectory. The most often used APIs this week are Discogs, Echo Nest and Home Energy Saver. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Music (5 APIs, 5 mashups), Social (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Reference (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:


11 APIs Used in 7 Days: YouTube, Last.fm and Spotify

Wendell Santos, June 29th, 2013

This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 11 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include IMSAS, Juno Download and Mobile Phone Megastore. The most often used APIs this week are eBay Finding, IMSAS and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Music (5 APIs, 5 mashups), Shopping (1 APIs, 1 mashups) and Social (1 APIs, 1 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:


Best New Mashups: June Roundup Featuring Twitter, Evernote and Last.fm

Wendell Santos, June 28th, 2013

TwitterSummer has officially started and the 4th of July holiday is right around the corner which means it’s time to close the book on June. Before we do that, let’s take a look at some of the great mashups that were submitted to our directory this month. These mashups include a service to find social influencers, a tool described as “Google Docs for visual people”, a mobile CRM and a music discovery service. Read below for more information on each.


Best New Mashups: The Latest Facebook Mashups

Wendell Santos, June 21st, 2013

FacebookFacebook continues to be a popular platform with developers and the Facebook API is one of our top five most viewed profile pages. Today we’ll take a look at some of the newer mashups to appear in our directory that make use of Facebook. These include a social exercise app, a social network for photographers and a word of mouth advertising system. Read below for more information on each of these.


What Programming Language is Most Popular with APIs?

Adam DuVander, June 3rd, 2013

An API can be created in any programming language. Similarly, most APIs can be implemented regardless of the technology used by the consuming developer. However, since many APIs make client libraries available, we can take a stab at the most popular programming languages for consuming APIs.


20 APIs Used in 7 Days: Bing, Billboard and FeedBurner

Wendell Santos, May 18th, 2013

This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 20 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Baidu, dlvr.it, Google Closure Compiler and Sina Weibo. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twitter and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (4 APIs, 6 mashups), Social (4 APIs, 6 mashups) and Music (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:


Best New Mashups: Data Mashups Using Google Chart, EchoNest and Google Fusion Tables

Wendell Santos, May 17th, 2013

Google ChartThe news of data visualization provider Tableau’s IPO on Friday is yet another sign that the movement behind data and analytics continues to gain steam. With that in mind, today we’ll take a look at recent mashups that allow users to perform data analytics of some kind and often show the results through interesting visualizations. Read below for more information on each.


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