The ŷhat Cloud Toolbox is a suite of development tools for integrating predictive analytics into existing Web and mobile applications. ŷhat deploys your models as RESTful APIs, so there’s no need to port, translate, or adapt models for integration with existing systems. We have earlier covered YhatHQ API here.
Here is an interview with Ricky Robinett, senior Hacker at Ordr.in which promises to revolutionize the online ordering of food via an API and analytics based on that by connecting every restaurant everywhere to customers through an efficient digital platform. We have covered Ordr.in before but here Ricky talks about the API, how to increase developer involvement with the API and the huge growth in traffic in the API in 2013!
At first, the phrase “my API is my Product” seems misleading. An API is a way to deliver a product, rather than the product itself, right? The term designates a “set of programming instructions designed to access an app.” Period. We’re talking about a means, rather than an end. That’s why there are so many different products relying on APIs: Twilio for phone, Mailjet for email, Google Maps for maps, etc.
Here is an interview with Jacob Perkins, creator of text processing API and author of Python Text Processing with NLTK Cookbook. Jacob talks on why APIs help, on accuracy and domain context in sentiment analysis APIs, using Mashape for monetizing APIs and on enabling continued API availability to enterprise customers.
In the densely populated world of social media, it can become difficult for businesses to identify who best to engage with in order to achieve what they need to on the web; it’s hard to tell the real experts and the influential from those who simply aren’t. Little Bird is a platform that exists to tackle this issue. The service provides tools that allow users to quickly identify and engage with the right experts in their relevant fields, and in so doing, take the necessary steps towards building that respected expert status themselves. Little Bird also provides the Little Bird API that allows developers to use this service and integrate it with other applications.
This past week 8 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 15 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Apicultur Word Lemmatizer, Blekko, HAMweather Aeris, Handset Detection and Tesco. The most often used APIs this week are Reddit and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (5 APIs, 6 mashups), Shopping (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and News (1 APIs, 1 mashups).
Among the three largest social networking sites the most arcane to deal with from a developer perspective is LinkedIn. Now PeopleLinx is trying to prove there is a viable developer opportunity surrounding Linkedin APIs. The company, which just picked up an additional $3.2 million in financing, has developed an analytics application for LinkedIn that allows organizations to more easily ascertain what people are connected to what potential key accounts.
Quick: Name that professional network with more than 50 million members. Did you guess… Viadeo? LinkedIn is larger, with over 175 million members. But Viadeo has upped it is game with its acquisition of Pealk, which bills itself as the #1 head hunting App on the web. According to the press release, that search ability is what Viadeo is after.