Life Fitness Showcases Two New Apps Based on its LFopen APIs

Eric Carter, January 21st, 2013

Life FitnessLife Fitness stands as the first fitness equipment manufacturer to open its products to the developer community via APIs. Life Fitness created LFopen to encourage app development around Life Fitness equipment. Currently, APIs exist to enable web based applications or mobile applications that pull data from machines.


945 Social APIs: Twitter, Facebook and Delicious

Wendell Santos, January 16th, 2013

TwitterOur API directory now includes 945 social APIs. The newest is the SmartBots API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Twitter API. We list [num] Twitter mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of social APIs.


20 APIs Used in 7 Days: Foursquare, ESPN and Digg

Wendell Santos, March 31st, 2012

This past week 15 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 20 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Amazon SES, ESPN, Geoportail, Readability , Readmill, ReadSocial and Topsy. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (6 APIs, 10 mashups), Mapping (3 APIs, 7 mashups) and Music (1 APIs, 1 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:


25 APIs Used in 7 Days: Twitter, Rovi and Seatwave

Wendell Santos, March 24th, 2012

This past week 11 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 25 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include 7digital, Cloudmade Leaflet, Data.gov.uk, Genability, Readmill and UK Street Level Crime. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Google Maps and Seatwave. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (4 APIs, 7 mashups), Social (3 APIs, 5 mashups) and Music (3 APIs, 4 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:


53 Books APIs: Google Books, Goodreads and SharedBook

Wendell Santos, March 13th, 2012

Our API directory now includes 53 books APIs. The newest is the Readmill API, a social platform for eReaders which we recently covered. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Google Books API. We list 11 Google Books mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of [...]


64 New APIs: ESPN, SendHub and Mobile Payments

Wendell Santos, March 11th, 2012

This week we had 64 new APIs added to our API directory including a text messaging service, online eBook discussion platform, customer and audience engagement service and an online and mobile payment service. In addition we also covered the release of ESPN’s public API after two years of internal use. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.


Readmill Creates a Social Platform for eReaders

Robert Egert, March 9th, 2012

ReadmillBerlin start-up Readmill, is providing a platform for eBooks that connects readers regardless of what platform they are using. Readmill’s core offering is a free bookreader that competes head to head with Amazon’s and Apple’s offerings. Unlike other eReaders, Readmill is based on a device-neutral, API-driven platform that integrates social recommendations, annotations and geolocation services.


Today in APIs: Amazon Drops Prices, FullContact Parses Names and 12 New APIs

Adam DuVander, March 6th, 2012

FullContactAmazon has dropped prices again on its popular Amazon EC2 API. CRM-as-a-service company FullContact added ambiguous name parsing as a useful new feature to its FullContact API. Plus: an API podcast, Facebook gaming and 12 new APIs.


How to Avoid “API Slamming” and the “API Treadmill”

Matthew Casperson, January 6th, 2010

In earlier eras of software development, programmers quite often had the luxury of using a stable version of a platform or API, because even when vendors updated their apps, OS’s, and middleware, the organizations relying on those platforms could implement those upgrades in their own time. But now with online web services, developers often have less control over updates to the API they are using, and unannounced changes to web service APIs are becoming a big problem.


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