The digital world has swamped us with an overload of information. Try and note down how many online services that we use on a daily basis, whether for work or for personal use. We access Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and much more. We universally agree that getting notified about a certain event say “a new post on your Facebook wall” or a “new blog post” is much better than constantly switching between applications and checking for updates. But getting notified of events is just one part of the puzzle. Once we receive an event, there are times that you want others to know about it by posting in your blog or tweeting about it. “If This Then That,” or ifttt, is just the digital duct tape that aims to solve this problem in an intuitive and non-programmer centric fashion.
New tools make for new opportunities.
Much as the availability of connectivity drove the early Internet, social networks spurred all manner of viral expression, and open APIs have transformed software development, an advancing technology has the potential to have a disruptive effect on online usage and its social and business context.
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Continuing the series on books for mashup developers — last week Flickr Mashup Books — here is a quick summary of books that can help you build mashups with the various Amazon APIs.
Note that the Amazon APIs are quite popular with 94 Amazon e-commerce API mashups listed at ProgrammableWeb. And you can use the [...]
Mike Pegg does a great job tracking the most interesting maps mashups over at his Google Maps Mania. Occasionally he also does a roundup of tools for creating or enhancing Google Maps. Follow this link to see his eighth roundup of these tools along with links to the previous seven roundups. Good mix of Google [...]
ProgrammableWeb’s 2005 year-end ’stats’: 137 APIs & 275 mashups.
This time next year? We’ll see, but somehow suspect by then this year’s numbers will look tiny by comparison…
Happy New Year to all!
Tom Evslin, in a typically thoughtful pair of posts, Bubble 2.0 – It’s The APIs and Bubble 2.0 – Why Not APIs?, addressed the topic of APIs. Beginning with a concise historical background he covers the strategy behind providing APIs and answers the question, why would a provider not want to build an API? [...]
Below are a sampling of some of the other, non-mashup link contributions folks have made recently.
Andrew Bidochko added a link to Map Builder where you use a web form to build your own Google Map without any coding. Quite slick.
Send a fax from PHP using this new example from Interfax. You can send a [...]
Chris Law, creator of the wsfinder wiki and blog, has just started a very interesting new blog, 1000 Flowers Bloom, subtitled ‘Silicon Valley is fertile ground’. He’s starting with a series of podcast interviews, the first with Toni Schneider, Yahoo!’s VP of Developer Relations discussing their API strategy and the latest interview with Microsoft’s [...]