The internet is full of videos that teach how to use complex software, like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro. Why not use the same technique for teaching how to use an API? Younger developers, who grew up in the age of these video tutorials, find this format especially useful. These types of videos do not have to have high production costs – they simply require screen capture and voice-over.
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.
There are two sides to the API equation: production and consumption. This week’s API job openings are focused on the consumption side which presents a unique set of challenges as an application becomes more distributed.
This week we have three openings that all put equal weight on the developer experience side of APIs as much as the APIs themselves. Building a great developer portal is a key part of any public API strategy and these positions at State, Macys.com and Emergent One reinforce this.
This weeks collection of API jobs features an international listing and 5 other contenders for your talents. These listing come from 3 companies, spread across the world. Make sure the check out the listing and also the ProgrammableWeb profile that is connected to it.
Our API directory now includes 945 social APIs. The newest is the SmartBots API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Twitter API. We list [num] Twitter mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of social APIs.
This week we had 39 new APIs added to our API directory including a mapping and location-aware data service, sleep monitoring service, health monitoring service, public identity lookup service, and postal return shipping service. Additionally we covered an API that helps simplify software localization. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
This week we had 56 new APIs added to our API directory including a professional social networking platform, mobile advertising service, cellular phone signal location service, green energy and climate tagging service and cash-based online payment service. In addition, we covered an API to help you find just the right outfit. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Facebook API updates now allow brand page metrics and comparison across brands. Do your last minute shopping with customized gifts powered by Google Drive files. Plus: Foursquare improves Recommendations with mashup of Facebook and Foursquare data, hypermedia APIs on Rails and 15 new APIs.
Facebook allows groups to be formed in a new and interesting way. Kekanto reveals Brazilian local search with Google Maps. Plus: Winners of Google Analytics Hackathon, get paid via the Active.com Campgrounds API, and 20 new APIs.