Twitter’s terms of service are causing a stir again. A developer provides a technical introduction to REST APIs in Python. Plus: four types of APIs, a user experience wake-up call to OAuth providers and 17 new APIs.
The number of APIs available across the public Internet has grown phenomenally in the past few years – with ProgrammableWeb’s directory now reaching 6000 APIs listed, with a 1000 APIs added in just the last 3 months.
While this number is large, it remains tiny compared to the many millions of sites that make up the World Wide Web. However, as code frameworks in major languages and platforms of various types make it increasingly easy to launch and operate APIs it is likely that “web scale” thinking will be needed to manage the resulting API Web.
In a move that we are likely to see more of this year and moving forward, companies are inviting developers to closed beta programs of their APIs to ensure that they get their next releases right. Royal Pingdom, a provider of website monitoring and reporting services, as part of its plans for the next release of its Pingdom API, has done just that.
Out of the over 500 APIs listed at ProgrammableWeb, how many are offered by companies based in Europe? With MashupCamp Dublin in a couple weeks, this seems like a good question. In taking a look at the directory there are at least 28 European APIs (that is, companies headquartered or founded in Europe, even though [...]
Now with 1,452 mashups listed, it’s time for our regular review of some of the more notable new and interesting mashups added to ProgrammableWeb. Most of this set have some degree of utility value depending on what your need or interest is: keeping your web site running, keeping up with terror threats, or finding lost [...]
While the pace of new APIs over the past three weeks wasn’t up the nearly one per day rate the month before, there have been 26 added over the past 30 days. Included are APIs from big established providers and small startups. Below are a few of note with more coverage coming in the next [...]