3scale discusses their fundamental principle behind any API and what needs to be considered when creating an API. Facebook promises developers that they’ll make breaking changes on an easier to anticipate schedule. Plus: Cloud computing’s seven deadly sins and 4 new APIs.
Prosperent (quickly growing ad network) and CloudFlare (content delivery network focused on low touch app launches) have announced a partnership aimed at quickly monetizing websites without complicated development work. The partnership is simple, seems obvious, and should intrigue developers across many markets. Most importantly, the partnership should create new ways for anybody/any company with an online presence to make money. Check out the PW profiles for the Prosperent API and the CloudFlare API.
In the latest move in the API wars, Twitter disables Find Friends API off Instagram. Elsewhere, developers ask, Will OAuth 2 be the specification it was meant to be? Plus: eCommerce Hack Day comes to New York, Apply for a Knight-Mozilla Fellow and 10 New APIs.
Our API directory now includes 338 shopping APIs. The newest is the Cupónica. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Amazon eCommerce. We list 413 Amazon eCommerce mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of shopping APIs.
American Express found another way to convert social media to cardholder transactions at the SXSW conference using the still-private Smart Offer API. Amex’s “Sync. Tweet. Save.” social marketing promotion positions the credit card for the social media generation beyond membership points.
The web API as we know it will turn 13 years old this year. Will we see more maturity, or are we still looking at a gangly teenager? We asked those same experts who identified 2011 API trends to look into their crystal balls. How will APIs change in 2012 and what future trends can you prepare for now?
The holiday shopping season is upon us, and that means finding gifts, and at this point… quick! For consumers, it translates into searching and researching, and lots of it in a relatively small amount of time. It also means shoppers are looking for innovative websites or applications to aid them in finding gifts, low prices, and sweet deals — all while making the shopping experience more enjoyable.
Seller of shoes and more, Zappos has added an external, virtual hackathon to its internal company event this week. While Zappos engineers work on their quirky or useful projects outside their normal job, the company has invited developers to use the Zappos API to make something great, fun, weird or mashed-up.
E-Commerce covers a broad range of inter-connected processes which eventually leads to a transaction between two or more parties. Recent enhancements in technology, specifically social interactions on the Web, have increased the complexity in analyzing these processes and describing E-Commerce as a whole. And, to be honest, there is a lot of confusion within the terminology of “E-Commerce” itself. The exact definition of E-Commerce varies depending on your source, and you might hear words like e-business, e-retailing, and online shopping all used interchangeably. Mind you, they all have different meanings.
This past week 11 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 Alchemy, Alibris, All for Good, Aviary Effects, Extractiv, FreebieSMS, Google Apps Script, InfoChimps Twitter, Swoogle and Thrutu. The most often used APIs this week are Aviary Effects, Swoogle and Thrutu. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Other (2 APIs, 2 mashups), Music (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and Shopping (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups: