Amazon is a leader in infrastructure services and this year has seen the Web Services Infrastructure giant announce various new offerings and enhancements in the IaaS space. Amazon has gone after the mobile frontier too with hardware devices (Kindle, Kindle Fire), an Android Marketplace and a mobile Ads API. Amazon Web Services has now announced support for Mobile Push Notifications, a key feature for the connected world of devices, users and applications.
It never rains in Seattle. Seriously. In the last two months we’ve had one day of rain. While I’m not dying for six months of gray, drizzly weather I still wonder when we’ll next see some of the wet stuff. Today we’ll take a look at mashups that help answer the age old question “What’s the weather going to be today?” These include mashups that give weather forecasts, conditions for aviation and boating enthusiasts, and even a couple that have fun with the weather. Read below for more information.
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 12 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Dwolla, Eli Lilly Clinical Open Innovation , MotorsportReg.com, Ordr.in and Pinterest. The most often used APIs this week are Dwolla, MotorsportReg.com and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Mapping (1 APIs, 1 mashups) and Payment (1 APIs, 1 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
It’s been about two years since we wrote about Google’s Secret Weather API, when we pegged the number of official weather APIs at just 8. The directory has certainly expanded since that time, but growing at an even faster rate is the weather category. We currently list 37 weather APIs, more than four times the number in 2010.
Weather has always been a popular category with 26 Weather APIs listed in our directory. While XML is still the leading data format used, the trend of JSON becoming the developer’s choice over the last few years is also reflected in the Weather category. Since the beginning of 2010, JSON is the leading data format used by Weather APIs with 11 added to the directory out of 12 JSON weather APIs. The chart below shows the breakdown of APIs using various data formats.
This past week 12 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 28 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Fwix Location, Google Places, MapQuest Geocoding, PDXCouncilConnect, SendGrid, SimpleGeo, SimpleGeo Places, Yahoo PlaceFinder and Yellow Canada. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, PDXCouncilConnect and SimpleGeo. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (8 APIs, 13 mashups), Social (5 APIs, 5 mashups) and Music (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
16 developers and designers showed off their projects and many more participated at this weekend’s API Hack Day PDX. The overall winner was an app that helps friends communicate about a planned event using an email and SMS hybrid. Others took on Portland government data and worked with multiple APIs to get details around a specific location. We list many of them in our Hackday Gallery.
This week we had 31 new APIs added to our API directory including a cloud based telephony service, online video conferencing service, real-time group chat application, local deals aggregation service, crowd-sourced copy editing service, music industry data tracking service and twitter picture search. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.
This week we had 23 new APIs added to our API directory including a campground database, web based CRM and marketing system, online shopping cart software, task tracking application for agile projects, real-time carbon footprint estimates and a hyperlocal data and news aggregator. Below is more detail on each of these new APIs.