In one of the opening sessions at today’s NordicAPIs, co-organizer of the event and CEO of Twobo Technologies, Travis Spencer, urged businesses to not only adopt an API strategy, but to reorient their businesses towards becoming an API platform. It is a bold assertion that previously has only been taken up by large players (US telco AT&T speak about reorienting as a platform for example), yet Spencer is saying that in order to succeed, all businesses will need to reorient – and the sooner the better.
This week at Dreamforce, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, announced Salesforce1. Benioff suggested that Salesforce1 could be the single platform to run entire companies, and manage the internet of things from a single source. However, the bigger story behind Salesforce1 is an API story. How else can a single platform claim to “Connect all your apps. Connect all your devices. Connect all your customer data.”? Increase your APIs tenfold is how.
This week, we had 54 new APIs added to our API directory including a social people search API, a multi-lingual social network, and a product information and pricing provider. We also discussed hackathons and the top 10 mistakes in running hackathons.
Pinterest reveals more about its API. Amazon Web Services launches CloudTrail for user visibility tracking. Plus: Twitter announces timelines for hashtags, APIMetrics offers service to monitor API performance, and 10 new APIs.
As companies, organizations and professionals become more and more interconnected via social networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, a new trend is beginning to emerge—social network data visualization. So let’s make a data visualization of our own.
Hackathon events continue to be a key strategy used to promote API products and services. For developers, they provide an opportunity to work on solutions to real world problems, create new networks of like-minded technologists, connect with potential clients, and provide a chance to hone core developer skills from programming to pitching.
Hackathon event planners are encouraged to read ChallengePosts’ top 5 keys to a successful app challenge. For competitors, we have already covered one key piece of advice: book your place in a hackathon early. This year has seen an explosion in growth of hackathon events, but surprisingly, this is yet to outstrip demand for new competition opportunities.
But once you have booked in to a competition, how can you best prepare to compete? Many hackathons operate over 24 hours or a weekend. How can you maximize the productive time you spend when the clock of a hackathon starts counting down?
In recent months, the number of government open data APIs has been increasing rapidly due to a variety of factors including the development of open data technology platforms, the launch of Project Open Data and a recent White House executive order regarding government data. This post is a general overview of several recent factors that have led to the rise of government open data APIs.
Skype is closing its desktop API at the end of 2013. Stormpath joins the AWS marketplace and partner network. Plus: a hack-day tool for parsing civic data and 13 new APIs.
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: