This week, we had 59 new APIs added to our API directory including an anonymous email service, a shopping checkout service for Bitcoin and Litecoin payments, and a platform to detect and prevent online fraud. We also covered the success of the various Walgreens APIs, from the prescription refill API to the QuickPrints API and contests, during 2013.
Our API directory now includes 38 scheduling APIs. The newest is the T Dispatch Passengers API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Buffer API. We list 1 Buffer mashup. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of scheduling APIs.
This week we had 30 new APIs added to our API directory including an email marketing service, a music distribution and licensing service, an application management platform, a push notification service for applications, an image processing service and an application building and backend service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Of the many APIs we published this week, eleven were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those eleven, which include the LairOut API. LairOut, in a nutshell, is a web-based event location directory that provides users with information on events happening around their location. All users have to do is enter in a location and date and the site will generate events taking place around that location at or near that date. The API simply makes this functionality available to developers via API calls.
When it comes to the course of creativity, some kind of order and management can turn a good idea into something successful and highly profitable. Having an effective tool that handles all the loose ends so creatives can focus on creating, can only mean better results at the end of the day. Shotgun is a service aimed at helping creative studios run smoothly and efficiently by providing the necessary tools to see a project to completion. Shotgun’s API allows developers to access this functionality and easily integrate it with other applications.
Not all API providers know how to make developers happy. In fact, although there are now nearly 1,100 web service APIs available, many of those API providers fail to really understand the needs and motivations of their (potential) developer community. For evidence of how developers can react to both good and bad API programs, look no further than a very insightful blog post from mashup developer Alexander Lucas on Making Your Webservice More Developer Friendly (Alex is the creator of Migratr a useful desktop mashup that uses APIs from 11 different web services in order to let you migrate photos between different online photo services).