As pharmacy retail giant Walgreens has announced a new revenue sharing program that rewards in-app developers using its QuickPrints API with a bigger slice of the customer pie, we take a closer look at the business model behind the API.
It’s easy to forget that private APIs are the norm. Putting together the right public/private API strategy requires identifying the risks and needs of your business, and making smart moves to take things in the right direction.
Code for DC is hosting a mini-hackathon for furloughed employees, civic hackers, and others to help work on local community projects.
Today, eight years after the web Site was founded, ProgrammableWeb.com crossed an important threshold and recorded the 10,000th API into its directory. What started with a record of Yahoo!’s Flickr API has blossomed into a database whose growth can only accelerate over time.
A slideshare on the business value of APIs been gaining kudos from enterprises around the world. Created by the international business consultancy faberNovel, the slide deck has been presented to APIdays audiences earlier this year, as well as being delievered at industry events like Hewlett Packard’s Innovision meetup.
The upcoming 5th Quantified Self Global Conference is set to reach full capacity with only 30 registrations available, 5 weeks out from the event. APIs are often at the center of curating personal datastreams in the Quantified Self movement, but it turns out they may be creating as many problems as they promise resolving.
Recent and upcoming API events reveal current themes in API design and management. The wider API developer community continues to strengthen, as does the recognition of the power of APIs in business and government. New events are also sparking developer communities based on geography or interest to crop up across the United States and around the globe.
Software developers have a lot going for them. They’re highly paid, in demand, and have an unlimited number of projects where they can add value. The one thing they DON’T have in abundance is time, and they HATE wasting it. It’s wise to keep this in mind when setting up your API program.
This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 29 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Assembla, Baby Names, Behance, Coderwall Profile, Dribbble, Envato, Forrst, Geeklist, Hacker News Mobile, jsFiddle, Launchpad, Ohloh, Plunker, Primal, Readability , RubyGems and ScraperWiki. The most often used APIs this week are Dribbble, Rotten Tomatoes and ScraperWiki. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (7 APIs, 7 mashups), Tools (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Other (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Global interest in hackathons is growing fast, with many events booking out shortly after being announced. Developers keen to test out new skills in real world environments, and entrepreneurs who want to connect with a readily assembled network of do-ers are driving global growth in hackathon events. And with more businesses looking to use hackathons as a way to evangelize their APIs, there’s no sign that this trend will slow down any time soon.