This week, we had 52 new APIs added to our API directory including new APIs for movie rental service Redbox, a text analytic service, and an API for the Bureau of Economic Analysis. We also attended and covered the API Strategy and Practice Conference. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Mailgun launches new API to verify emails in webforms. Cloudmade’s API launched for clients to securely authorize against CloudMade’s servers. Plus: Beer mapping, the most profane API ever, and 12 new APIs.
The Mailgun API, called “Guardpost,” validates emails typed into forms by users. A Mailgun account is required to use the service, but use of the API itself is free.
This past week 9 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 25 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Earth911 Search, HP Cloud Object Storage, HP Imaging Cloud Photo Suite, LaunchBit, Mailgun, Ookaboo and Recognize.im. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Facebook Graph and Google Maps. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (4 APIs, 6 mashups), Photos (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Music (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Hosting company Rackspace has acquired the Mailgun API as another tool in its infrastructure arsenal. Walgreens launched a Facebook app using its photo department API. Plus: Twitter API changes ripple to the users, Craigslist testing maps and 7 new APIs.
Our API directory now includes 199 email APIs. The newest is the Uptime Robot API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the SendGrid API. We list 10 SendGrid mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of email APIs.
Advocates of platform-as-a-Service offerings promote how easy it is to deploy and manage applications without having to be – or to hire – a system administrator. But as with most things, there are inevitable trade-offs. The less you have to manage the platform you deploy to, the more you’re tied to the stack the PaaS provides. Today AppFog adds a duo of supported services to their stack, bringing new database and email options to the company’s developers.
So you need to send emails. Pretty simple right? Not so fast. It doesn’t matter how easy your language or framework makes sending emails, if you try to do it on your own be prepared to configure mail servers, setup Spam-related DNS entries, and still wonder if mail is actually being delivered. And your applications needs to process incoming email? Back to the config files, piping mail to your script – or just end up polling a POP or IMAP box. That’s what I had to do, back in the day. Fortunately, like so many things today, there’s an API for that. Actually there are a few.
Facebook is apparently in talks with music video site Vevo to take over streaming of the videos from YouTube once the contract runs out. That would take the company’s more than 30,000 videos out of the YouTube API. In another story, AppFog has expanded its platform-as-a-service offering to include database and email from within your apps. That and 11 new APIs rounds out today in APIs.
This week we had 35 new APIs added to our API directory including a tool to geolocate by ip address, spelling correction service, cost per click advertising network, bulk sms messaging service, opensocial service and web page text summarization tool. Below is more detail on each of these new APIs.