Codeacademy has just launched its program for APIs for open release. The well known Codecademy is a team of hackers working hard to build a better way for anyone to teach, and learn, how to code. Their investors have been Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, O’Reilly, SV Angel, Thrive Capital, CrunchFund, Collaborative Fund, Founder Collective, Yuri Milner, Vivi Nevo, Richard Branson, and several others.
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.
How can developers make money? That’s a big question in the mobile app space, and the answer is changing. There has been a gradual recognition over the past few years that one-time payment for apps (those “paid apps” that we avoid downloading if we can) is not the happy-face solution for most developers aiming to be compensated adequately for the creative work they do.
Google Announces its competitor to Amazon EC2. YouTube wants you to create awesome experiences using their new APIs. Plus: Zynga reveals API for third-party developers, the health graph expands and 22 New APIs.
Our API directory now includes 97 games APIs. The newest is the Ryzom API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the SecondLife API. We list 7 SecondLife mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of games APIs.
Backend-as-a-service company Parse found a vulnerability in Facebook’s Android SDK that allowed apps to masquerade as users. Gnip has added to its network of social streams by partnering with the Twitter of China. Plus: Amazon in app purchases, an API for summer jobs and APIs to improve mobile performance.
Our API directory has hit another major milestone. We now list 5,000 APIs, just a short four months since passing 4,000. No longer is the web simply about links connecting one site to another. Instead, developers are using tools to connect data and functionality from one site to another site. It’s an incredible transformation that has happened over a very short period of time. APIs are at the heart of Google’s strategy and they led directly to the growth enjoyed by Twitter and Facebook.
When Facebook announced its timeline partners yesterday, there were many familiar names on the list. Some were especially familiar to us because, in addition to now adding their “actions” to Facebook, they also provide APIs to access data created by their users.
Public APIs have given rise to applications that we could not have imagined a few years back. All the stakeholders in the API ecosystem have benefited, right from organizations providing public APIs, to API consumers and the end user that has been given mashups that combine the best of many APIs. However positive this may sound, it is important to look at instances where APIs end up playing spoilsport in their own little way. This post tries to explore some of them.