It seems like somewhere between the 9,000 and 10,000 mark, API providers shifted their strategies even further toward providing a strong, sophisticated and appealing developer experience from initial contact on. In this four-part series, ProgrammableWeb looks at current practices in B2D from pre-release, through private beta, to API documentation and to ongoing developer engagement. Each article surveys current practitioners and includes a resource list for those wanting to step up their B2D game.
Of the many APIs we published this week, fifteen were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those fifteen, which included the The Xchangeonline API. The Xchangeonline API is a tool that provides developers with currency conversion and rounding functionalities that can be integrated into their applications. Developers simply request the URL, specifying the desired function, the amount, the current currency, the desired currency, and of course their API key. The service can convert between 100 different currencies worldwide with the option of more currencies given a more expensive plan.
Digitalfolio’s API connects retailers up to its rapidly expanding comparison shopping site, currently focused on appliances and electronics, and more recently toys. With seven of the largest retailers on board, including Sears, Amazon, Walmart and Target, Digitalfolio is rapidly becoming a site retailers need to have their wares on.
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 37 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include 3dCart, Ambassador, BigCommerce, ChannelAdvisor, Endicia Label Server, Goodsie, Google Checkout, Google Storage, Highwire, MediaFire, Payvment, Sears, ShipStation, Volusion Shopping Cart and World Weather Online. The most often used APIs this week are DBpedia, eBay and Google Maps. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Shopping (12 APIs, 12 mashups), Shipping (5 APIs, 5 mashups) and Music (5 APIs, 5 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Since its founding in 2007, Zendesk’s helpdesk system has improved customer service departments and helpdesks around the world with their Zendesk API. Over 20,000 companies (from Sears to Groupon) “trust [Zendesk] with their customers.” Currently, over 20% of tickets generated through Zendesk are come through the Zendesk API. Accordingly, the API is essential to Zendesk’s success and Zendesk constantly seeks feedback to improve its product.
Our API directory now includes 338 shopping APIs. The newest is the Cupónica. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Amazon eCommerce. We list 413 Amazon eCommerce mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of shopping APIs.
This past week 14 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 23 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include 8coupons, AddThis Analytics , Education.com, iFixit, KooKoo, Sears and Wordstream Keyword Tool. The most often used APIs this week are 8coupons, Google Maps and Twilio. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Shopping (5 APIs, 6 mashups), Mapping (3 APIs, 5 mashups) and Telephony (2 APIs, 4 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
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It will give a whole new meaning to platform shoes. Online shoe retailer Zappos is alpha testing its upcoming API. The platform has endpoints to search products and provide details, such as price and images. Pairing the API with Zappos’ affiliate program, developers could also make money when users buy products.
It’s come a long way from the Sears and Roebuck mail order catalog. Yet, the new API might bring wrench and dishwasher company Sears the closest it’s been to its origins in decades. Developers can now search the entire product database of Sears and Kmart (the companies merged in 2005).