Our API directory now includes 123 database APIs. The newest is the BigTable API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the GeoNames API. We list 81 GeoNames mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of database APIs.
This past week 13 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 26 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Airbrake , Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon SNS, iSpeech Automated Speech Recognition, iTunes & App Store Search, MongoLab, New Relic, Pinterest and Planning Center. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, HotelsCombined and Seatwave. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Database (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Tools (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Social (3 APIs, 4 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
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.
This week we had 45 new APIs added to our API directory including a hosted MongoDB database, live chat platform, fact sharing service, podcast retrieval service, distributed graph database, and a flight and travel search engine. In addition, we covered the launch of the Pearson Plug & Play Platform. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Last weekend at the AT&T Mobile Hackathon I had a pleasure of checking out the MongoLab’s MongoDB service. In short: it was a delight to work with. I fell in love with that technology. It worked exactly the way I thought–MongoDB architects got it right. After spending a good part of the day fighting my hibernate configuration in JUnit I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that Mongo keeps their documentation and design accessible with plan old object and simple REST calls to its MongoLab API.