The ubiquitous U.S. corner store 7-Eleven is helping with an unlikely type of convenience: polling in the upcoming U.S. election. For the last three elections, the store has made red and blue cups to represent the candidates. When customers come to get their coffee, they have the opportunity to “vote” for one of the two main parties. For the upcoming election, that data will be included in the 7-Eleven Election API, so developers can have ready access to the current entirely unscientific polling numbers.
Most of us would know exactly what the phrases ’slug bug’, ‘punch bug’ or ‘punch beetle’ mean. They’re normally associated with sudden shrieks and a punch in the arm. I’m talking about that old car game that created hours of fun for any kid on a boring car journey. The object of the game was to be the first to spot a Volkswagen Beetle, call out ’slug bug’ and punch the other player in the arm. Using Google Street View Imagery via the Google Maps API, Volkswagen has brought this much-loved, old tradition into the modern digital world. Now anyone, anywhere can play the game without ever having to be in a car.
In what is surely a sign of the next big thing, there’s now an API named after Mark Wahlberg, or at least his 1990s rap alter ego. The Marky Markdownifier API can’t promise the good vibrations of a dance party from yesteryear, but it sure can convert HTML pages to markdown. And really, in 2012, no bunch is funkier than a developer tool that both consumes and provides an API.
Trailforks runs “a user-powered mountain bike trail database currently focused on BC, Canada,” to report on trail conditions and what is required to upgrade them.Notes for the Trailforks API are like the bike trails it reports on: rough. But the site’s creator, Trevor May, promises more documentation soon.
I do not remember many of my friends birthdays; I am sure that they do not remember mine either. These days, many people rely on Facebook to notify them of such occasions. But what happens if you don’t feel comfortable posting your birthday on facebook, but still want to help your closest friends out? Look no further than the IsItBirthday API. This API, brought to you by morethanseven.net, allows you to create feeds to help people remember your birthday. A simple and fun way to ensure that you are not forgotten.
As more of a beer lover than wine connoisseur, it pains me to say it: in the API world, wine has beer beat. Our directory lists 9 wine APIs, but only 5 beer APIs. However, there are noticeable differences in the type of data made available by these APIs.
Every once in awhile we stumble across an API that is “watercooler talk” worthy. Often these APIs are revolutionary in the way that they affect how an industry operates, other times they are just really cool and waste a lot of our time. This past weeks addiction was the Yoda Speak API. This API, from the providers of the Yoda-Speak Generator, takes any text (after formatting it properly) and converts it into something you could imagine Yoda saying to Luke. Just think of the mashup possibilities! I am thinking Yoda-Speak + Twitter = awesome.
Beer and Application Developers have a bond that goes back a long time. Last year we covered the BreweryDB Project, a community effort to build an open database of beers and breweries. Pint Labs, the team behind BreweryDB have been brewing for more than a year now and the result is a complete revamp of infrastructure, a brand new BreweryDB website and a version 2 of the BreweryDB API.
What is the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything? The answer is 42. If you are interested in such number facts and were looking at a source of all such information aggregated from various internet sources, there is good news. Since we track APIs over here at ProgrammableWeb, it should come as no surprise that there is a Numbers API now that gets you access to all kinds of interesting information.
There are thousands of Web APIs now available on ProgrammableWeb. More and more developers are using Web APIs to create very useful web applications and mashups. Some developers are using Web APIs to create mashups that are just plain fun. This post features a few really creative, entertaining mashups.