This week, we had 58 new APIs added to our API directory including a product customization service, a smart home automation service, and a streaming video application. We also explored whether or not REST is losing it’s flair and described alternatives to REST.
A new not-for-profit launched by 3scale and API Evangelist aims to help speed up the process of developing APIs by encouraging the sharing of API code and descriptions. Launched at Defrag in Denver Colorado today, API Commons provides an open source-like, Creative Commons-modelled platform for developers to share and reuse API code. Co-Founder Steve Willmott spoke to ProgrammableWeb on the eve of the launch, while his fellow co-founder Kin Lane worked behind-the-scenes to upload some government open data API code examples.
At the time of this writing, there are 197 APIs listed in the Education Category of the ProgrammableWeb API Directory. A few of the leading APIs in this category include Khan Academy, Edmodo and Schoology.
Step back almost 20 years. I was then CEO of a tiny publishing house at a group breakfast during what was then called the American Booksellers Association convention. The guest speaker was a guy with a clearly nutty idea: Jeff Bezos was selling books over the Internet. Every publisher in the room had the same question: who in their right mind would ever buy a book that you couldn’t hold in your hands before paying for it?
The past week might go down in API history as one of the biggest developments in the ever progressing API economy. Three API management companies embraced an unprecedented spotlight in the API world. First, Intel, the king of processors, paid $180 million to acquire Mashery. Next, software giant CA Technologies, snatched up Layer 7. Finally, 3Scale announced a brand new round of funding ($4.2 million). The question must arise: why have two Fortune 1000 companies and multiple venture capitalists all of a sudden poured hundreds of millions into the API space?
Our 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.
Our API directory now includes 39 PIM APIs. The newest is the AAI@EduHr AOSI API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Zoho API. We list 6 Zoho mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of PIM APIs.
ReelSurfer has been capitalizing on our short attention spans when it comes to watching online videos. ReelSurfer is an application that lets anyone clip and share any video from any website. Users can then compile and organize clips into a larger “Reel.” Earlier this week, ReelSurfer announced the beta ReelSurfer API that allows users to embed video clips into any website or app. Developers can now add applicable video clips to their apps and websites without the hassle of editing out video irrelevant to their content.