We have covered Algorithms.io before on ProgrammableWeb and it is an exciting API using machine learning algorithms to deliver predictive analytics. It has specialized in classifying streaming data using machine learning. Algorithms.io was acquired in December 2013 by LumenData, and we have an exclusive interview with Algorithms.io co-founder Andy Bartley post the acquisition.
The benefits of a well-designed, well-implemented, easily integated API are well known: happier developers, higher usage and, hopefully, greater profit as a result. While many high-level best practices for developing a great API have been established, a failure to pay close attention to small details, such as parameter defaults, can create big headaches.
This year has seen an increasing number of creative agencies incorporating APIs into the way they work. Sure, PR and digital creatives are using APIs in their monitoring and analytics to measure reach and impact of their efforts, but increasingly, they are using APIs to funnel realtime data into the very fabric of their campaigns and to ramp up audience engagement around a brand’s story. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Arvid Dyfverman from the award-winning Swedish PR agency, Deportivo, about how APIs are at the very center of their creative campaigns.
We have covered Web scraping before. As the amount of data that can be captured from the web increases, developers increasingly need a way to handle huge quantities of data downloads from the internet, both structured as well as unstructured. The basic underlying problem in creating custom scrapers is that websites often differ in the basic variety of formats, so a scraper that runs smoothly on some websites may return junk results on other websites.
Following up on an earlier post outlining the top ten mistakes commonly made at hackathons, Brandon Wirtz now offers his take on ten things every organizer should do when running a hackathon.
The team at Intel Mashery has helped launch more than 200 customer API programs, and has identified a few key steps that can encourage an overall API launch with the potential to generate new revenue streams, increase innovation and drive business development.
The adoption of REST as the predominant method to build public APIs has over-shadowed any other API technology or approach in recent years. Although several alternatives (mainly SOAP) are still (very) prevalent in the enterprise, the early adopters of the API movement have taken a definitive stance against them and opted for REST as their approach and JSON as their preferred message format.
The API Ratings agency aimed at instilling greater trust amongst businesses entering the API economy is set to be unveiled early in 2014. Co-founder Jonathan Bourguignon presented at APIdays Paris last week to discuss the need for the crowdsourced service and told ProgrammableWeb more about the roadmap to launch.
In the very early days of APIs, when John Musser founded ProgrammableWeb, the default for every new API was open–wide open. As the industry has matured, companies have become more careful to enter the open, public API waters. Though the number of APIs is still growing rapidly, most new APIs look very different from those of a few years ago. Popular services used to launch with public APIs, or perhaps have them soon after. Now the popular services are more likely to hold out for awhile, perhaps learning from those before. This wariness of openness has perhaps gone too far, ignoring the positive potential of embracing the ecosystem.
Today at The Ultimate Developer Event, Jason Lengstorf provided 4 technical keys to building better REST APIs. Jason is Founder of Copter Labs, a web design and consulting company based in Portland, Oregon. In his mind, these keys are all simple, as long as you stick to the basics.