This past week 6 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 AlchemyAPI Text Categorization and Google Affiliate Network. The most often used APIs this week are eBay Finding, Google Maps and indeed. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Search (3 APIs, 3 mashups), Job Search (3 APIs, 4 mashups) and Photos (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
ProgrammableWeb attempts to have as much information as possible about every API. But at some point a developer needs to visit the provider website. That’s when the portal takes over. W’ve written a lot about what goes in a portal, including the Three Cs, but what about where the portal itself goes? We dug into the ProgrammableWeb data to find common practices based on developer portal URLs.
An API can be created in any programming language. Similarly, most APIs can be implemented regardless of the technology used by the consuming developer. However, since many APIs make client libraries available, we can take a stab at the most popular programming languages for consuming APIs.
If you weren’t at the #VegasHack public data hackathon on Saturday, February 23, 2013, you sure missed an “open data” great time. Vegas Hack and Code For America collaborated to bring a civic innovation hackathon for people dedicated to finding new solutions to address real issues in the community.
Codeacademy has just launched its program for APIs for open release. The well known Codecademy is a team of hackers working hard to build a better way for anyone to teach, and learn, how to code. Their investors have been Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, O’Reilly, SV Angel, Thrive Capital, CrunchFund, Collaborative Fund, Founder Collective, Yuri Milner, Vivi Nevo, Richard Branson, and several others.
Facebook removes Instagram app usage metrics from its API. AngelList’s API is now handling over 3 million requests each day. Plus: Expedia’s partnership with Room 77 begins to pay off, Codecademy offering API-focused lessons and 13 new APIs.
StackMob, a leading cloud-based, mobile Platform as a Service (PaaS) provider, has just announced the launch of the StackMob Marketplace, a developer-ready API modules online store. In addition, StackMob is now offering a new pricing model that offers free StackMob API calls to developers.
LaunchBit, an email ad network, has announced a text ad API. Whether email publishers are blasting status updates, announcements or other news, the LaunchBit API will allow advertisements within the email to make API calls to data relevant to the ad. Monetizing websites with Ads has long been sound practice; however, monetizing emails is somewhat of an untapped market. With easy integration through an API, LaunchBit intends to take advantage of this underdeveloped market.
Continuing on an appearance in our last jobs post for a job with the same title, this week we’ve got two ‘Full Stack Developer’ positions. These developers are expected to have experience with both the front- and back-end technologies required to power a web service API. If you fancy yourself a polyglot that likes working on a lot of different projects and technologies, this might be the job for you.
One of the lesser known features of API Jobs is the aggregation of API-related jobs from all over the web. Pulling in jobs from GitHub Jobs, StackOverflow Careers 2.0, Crunchboard, and the 37signals job board every hour creates a never-ending stream of possibilities. Check it out next time you’re on the site.