Ducksboard, a real-time data monitoring and visualization platform, will be adding new services to the widgets directory and extending existing services in a matter of weeks. The new integrations will include LinkedIn, Flurry, Realtime Google Analytics and Trello. The company is also working on a brand new interface and are planning a closed beta the first quarter of 2014. The Ducksboard platform features the Ducksboard API which allows developers to send their own data, retrieve data stored, and manipulate all objects found in Ducksboard.
In the very early days of APIs, when John Musser founded ProgrammableWeb, the default for every new API was open–wide open. As the industry has matured, companies have become more careful to enter the open, public API waters. Though the number of APIs is still growing rapidly, most new APIs look very different from those of a few years ago. Popular services used to launch with public APIs, or perhaps have them soon after. Now the popular services are more likely to hold out for awhile, perhaps learning from those before. This wariness of openness has perhaps gone too far, ignoring the positive potential of embracing the ecosystem.
Today Mashery, an Intel Company announced their acquisition of Hacker League, the world’s largest platform for hackathon organizers. Created in late 2011, over the last two years Hacker League has helped run over 450 hackathons worldwide. The move will allow Hacker League to reach an ever wider audience. Mashery at the same time gets the opportunity to invest in a hackathon management tool that meets the growing demand of their Enterprise customer base.
Firebase, a realtime backend that lets you build entire apps with just front-end code, announced Monday it is partnering with Zapier. The partnership will allow developers to easily integrate a host of backend services (like Twilio, Sendgrid, Mailchimp and many, many others) into their apps with just a few simple clicks.
Photo APIs have long been a staple of developer applications. There are more than 350 photo APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory and almost 800 photo mashups. However, most applications integrate with photo sharing services, like the Flickr API and Instagram API, missing the real power of photo APIs. This post identifies four ways that APIs are getting smart by using image recognition technology to find faces, words and more.
Walk through any shopping mall food court and you’re bound to be offered a free sample from at least one of the restaurants. The taster is such a staple of mall marketing for one simple reason: it just plain works. This tactic has been borrowed with success by software-as-a-service (and even downloadable software) companies and as such is also common with API Products.
The growth of APIs owes a lot of thanks to mobile. The reverse is also true, as APIs make possible much of what happens on mobile devices. Along the way, popular API segments have grown with mobile-specific offerings. Perhaps predictably, mobile payments is one of those areas of hyper growth. The most recent crop of mobile payment APIs focuses on specific platforms much of the time, either in addition to or instead of a more universal RESTful API.
Along with the growth of APIs in general has come the emergence of the API as a product. Many times a new startup is entirely an API. When the entire company is an API, you’d better choose the right API business model. When the API is the product, or the whole business, many times this means charging developers to use your API. It turns out, it’s not just about how much you charge them, but how. This post will look at the many different ways that API-as-product companies are getting developers to pay for access.
There are over 1,000 social APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory. The big names in that list, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Twitter, are also amongst the most popular public APIs overall. Since other API providers look to these leaders for examples in engaging with developers, I thought it would be useful to see how each uses a common communications medium. That’s right, how do the social APIs use social media themselves?
This week, we had 52 new APIs added to our API directory including new APIs for movie rental service Redbox, a text analytic service, and an API for the Bureau of Economic Analysis. We also attended and covered the API Strategy and Practice Conference. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.