Oscar-nominated film Her would have us believe that in the future we may fall in love with our operating systems. Or at the very least, it shows a much more fluid interaction with technology. Through mostly a speech interface, people are able to read email, search and view photos. Merge this with the Internet of Things that is taking over our present and you can see the power of APIs that speak your language.
There are a number of ways to discuss API popularity. One of the common methods ProgrammableWeb has used is by mashups, the number of completed apps. However, there may be a leading indicator before developers have even started writing code. The “track” functionality on ProgrammableWeb lets developers declare an interest in receiving updates on particular APIs. By diving into this data we can see many things. For example, recently developers have loved travel. Overall, social and visual APIs rule
The most popular types of APIs added to ProgrammableWeb in 2013 continue to look grown-up. Financial and Enterprise topped the most popular categories, with Social almost falling off the top 10 list. As more big companies recognize the power of APIs, these new types of APIs eclipse the early adopter categories that caused the majority of companies to take notice.
Our API directory now includes 41 postal APIs. The newest is the New Zealand Post Tracking Notification API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the GeoNames API. We list 89 GeoNames mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of postal APIs.
ProgrammableWeb enjoyed another tremendous year in 2013. The year in APIs was filled with landmarks, innovation and massive expansion of the API economy. ProgrammbleWeb readers kept us busy, and four particular areas of interest prompted the most attention.
Our API directory now includes 152 tracking APIs. The newest is the YouTracker Icon Creator API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Airbrake API. We list 2 Airbrake mashup. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of tracking APIs.
Our API directory now includes 113 application APIs. The newest is the Wurl API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Angularjs API. We list 1 Angularjs mashup. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of application APIs.
Some APIs provide data. Others offer functionality. Many of the APIs developers pay for solve a big developer problem, often with infrastructure. A company’s own intelligent calculations are a great opportunity for consumers and providers alike that may not be an obvious avenue at first. Below are a few of many examples of these types of APIs to inspire your next project or maybe your company’s next product.