In the early days of Twitter, occasionally when you tried to log in you got a “fail whale” – a picture of a whale held up by a flock of birds — as a way of telling you the system was overcapacity, and you should simply try again later. We tolerated it then because, after all, it was only social media. But there are certain types of services, for example, financial exchanges, where you never want a fail whale. So if you have thoughts of building a Bitcoin exchange, where people can buy and trade the popular virtual currency in real-time, you want an infrastructure that can handle high volume trading spikes without going down.
Pubnub raises $11 million to build out API-based services network. Precor’s Preva Fitness API turns workout into playout. Plus: Tictail’s new API and tools for retail stores, New Zealand adopts common web platform, and 10 new APIs.
EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, will host its 4G UK Hackathon June 22-23. EE recently announced its API partners whose APIs will be used at the hackathon. The event will feature LinkedIn, Pusher, Peerindex, and Wikitude APIs, and each company will provide representatives for assistance regarding respective APIs. The event will focus on developing apps that take advantage of 4G LTE network speeds.
Microsoft enhances its MBaaS offering on Azure via Custom APIs. CeeQ invites Developers to try out its CeeQ Face Recognition API. Plus: Is Facebook all set to release an RSS Reader to capture users who are still in the hunt for a RSS Reader ever since the demise of Google Reader and 12 new APIs.
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 22 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Pushover, TelAPI and Zapier. The most often used APIs this week are Last.fm, TelAPI and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (3 APIs, 3 mashups), Telephony (3 APIs, 4 mashups) and Shipping (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Our API directory now includes 62 real time APIs. The newest is the Telsolutions API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is a tie between the Twitter Streaming API and the Thrutu API. We list 5 Twitter Streaming mashups and 5 Thrutu mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of real time APIs.
Two months ago I was looking for a side project to spend my time on keeping the saw sharp. I noticed there was no central place to find jobs related to my favorite technology: APIs. There were a lot of API-focused companies out there looking to hire, and a lot of companies looking to hire people specifically to work on API integrations, but no central place to connect employers with candidates that shared their passion for all things HTTP. I found a suitable domain and two months later, API Jobs was born.
Your web application is all shiny and new – it uses the perfect combination of the new cutting edge API everyone’s talking about, and a few old standbys. The only problem? You keep refreshing the page to see if something happened. You know, if someone signed up, or posted, or commented – or whatever it is your application does.
Those real-time APIs are for much more than just the sample chat applications.
This past week 17 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 31 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Amazon SES, Google Directions, Google Distance Matrix, Picitup, Stripe, UrbanDictionary and VHX. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, SendGrid and Twilio. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (4 APIs, 7 mashups), Mapping (4 APIs, 6 mashups) and Search (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Pusher has established itself as a leading service for delivering WebSocket messages to connected clients via its simple, RESTful Pusher API. This especially suits application developers working with languages and platforms that struggle to maintain and scale persistent connections. We remove the need to roll a custom solution and work with complex and unfamiliar technologies, and ensure the benefits of a hosted service can be achieved. We’ve recently added support for WebHooks, which provide a different sort of real-time solution.