Most of the projects I work on as a contract developer involve some kind of 3rd party API integration. Because of that, I tend to think there should be an API for whatever external thing that needs to be done. A good amount of the time there is – if you need to send email, push real-time updates, offload data storage, deliver faxes, even hire someone like me, there really is an API for that. However, occasionally I run across some case where there is no API, even though it certainly seems like there should be. Maybe I’m just not throwing the right terms at google, maybe there aren’t really that many use cases, but every once in a while I think, “Shouldn’t there be an API that does [that]?”
And you thought that faxing was a thing of the past. At Phaxio, it’s so new that it doesn’t even use XML. The JSON-only Phaxio API lets you send faxes for 7 cents per page and you can get a confirmation of each fax’s total cost through the API itself. Account level information is available as well. Detailed information about all faxes sent over a specific time period can also be retrieved from the API.
This week we had 25 new APIs added to our API directory including a CRM for small business, ebook price data engine, virtual learning management system, fax delivery service, phone number verification service and corporate social networking platform. We gave a little extra attention to two of these APIs in posts about a tall glass of beer data and a 6 sided popularity metric. Below is more detail on all 25 of these new APIs.