PayPal has concluded its first ever global hackathon. The Battle Hack series visited ten cities across the world in 2013. Each stop on the tour included a city winner, concluding with a two-day World Championship at PayPal’s headquarters. The ten regional winners met at the World Championship with a simple challenge from PayPal: build an application that benefits the community and utilizes the PayPal API.
The API Strategy and Practice Conference continues with the afternoon session. The afternoon features keynote talks from Kristin Calhoun and Deepak Nadig, as well as panels on live traffic and weather and the future of the web. The session will be live streamed from 4:50pm-7:00pm PST. View the video below along with the schedule of speakers.
Understanding cultural differences amongst developers (and between developers and the rest of the business) emerged as a key issue to address when designing APIs, according to a panel session on Creation, Design and Documentation of APIs at API Strategy and Practice in San Francisco today.
A new API description language is looking to help out where many modern APIs get stuck: at the design phase. Officially announced, today, the RESTful API Modeling Langauge (aka RAML) offers a format friendly to both humans and machines. It also centers on re-use of results within responses. Like other description languages, it also offers the potential for post-design benefits such as streamlining documentation, enabling interactive consoles and generating client libraries. Though not formally announced at the time, the format was originally revealed earlier this month.
Our API directory now includes 50 accounting APIs. The newest is the Accounting Suite API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Intuit Data Service API. We list one Intuit Data Service mashup.
This week we had 37 new APIs added to our API directory including an accessible directory with over 500 Absolut Vodka recipes, an application that allows developers to add activity feeds to their applications, a URL shortening application for emails, websites, and images. In addition, we profiled a cloud hosting monitoring service.
Paypal launches Beacon and mobile payment API. APIs are the new baseline for workable platforms: without APIs, they are considered broken. Plus: iPhone 5S has CoreMotion API, tough new questions for the API economy, and 9 new APIs.