OAuth 2.0 Comparisons: The Good, The Bad, The Quirky

John Sheehan, January 29th, 2013

While testing out a new tool I’m working on that uses a variety of OAuth2 providers and thought I’d catalog some of the quirks I came across. This is just for the authorization flow, not for actually making requests once you’ve secured a token. Now that the OAuth2 spec is solidified we should start seeing less and less of these issues.

App.Net’s File API Adds Fuel to Social Media Unrest

Michael Vizard, January 29th, 2013

App.netMore often than not all it takes to start a revolution is somebody who is angry enough to change the status quo. Ever since the dawn of social media sites the predominant business model has been variations of the walled garden approach to content originally pioneered by America Online (AOL). Today that walled garden approach manifests itself in the form of APIs that have been locked down by social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

APIs as a Competitive Advantage

Guest Author, January 9th, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to moderate a panel for the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council where the subject matter was “The API Revolution.” In the hour long discussion, the panel, which included members from industry leaders like Brainshark, Akamai and Constant Contact, wrestled with several topics that I think most companies are grappling with – 1) which APIs do you expose, 2) to whom do you expose them, 3) do you make the investment to build new ones, and 4) how do you leverage any of them for revenue.

IDS Knowledge Services: Could An API Help End Poverty?

Greg Bates, December 20th, 2012

IDS Knowledge ServicesDo we know how to end poverty? According to the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) Knowledge Services we know so much that it’s hard to sift through the answers. Hard to find the right answers to create better informed and more effective policies. The IDS Knowledge Services API aims to make that search  meaningful by letting developers integrate data searching on over 32,000 abstracts, over 8,000 development organizations and on research in over 250 countries.

Leading APIs Say “Bye XML” in New Versions

Adam DuVander, December 17th, 2012

Box.netThe rise of JSON has been apparent for some time. Previously we’ve pointed out that 1 in 5 new APIs were choosing JSON over XML. The trend has continued, with an even greater percentage of APIs saying goodbye to XML. Anecdotally, it’s even more interesting that some established players like the Box.net API and YouTube API are making the switch in updated versions.

How Startups Use APIs to Beat Established Players

Guest Author, December 14th, 2012

Datownia“Two start-ups working together are like two drunks leaning on each other for support”. I first heard this phrase from a former CEO of a successful start-up company who had previously built his business up from scratch ten years ago and sold it for tens of millions of dollars. At the time I agreed with him. But now I’m not so sure. I think the emergence of API technology as a strategic component of a start-up’s business strategy means that 2 start-ups working together can achieve more than just giving each other mutual support.

ProPublica Forensics API: Peeling Back the CSI Fantasy to Reveal Patchwork Justice

Greg Bates, December 4th, 2012

ProPublica ForensicsThe ProPublica Forensics API allows access to data from Propublica’s investigation into the quality of autopsies across America. The API provides “state and county-level data about coroner and medical examiner systems in the United States.” The RESTful API is available in JSON, XML and JSON-P formats. An astounding variety of data are available, from the ratio of autopsies to what is expected, to the number of uncertified pathologists working in a state or county system, and on and on.

Put In Your Two Cents’ Worth: Opinionage API

Candice McMillan, November 30th, 2012

OpinionageWe all have strong opinions on issues that are close to our hearts, but for the most part, they remain just our opinions and often never create the change we may long to see. In particular, it’s the decisions that will have a real impact on our everyday lives that are left in the hands of the big decision makers like politicians, administrators or managers; but what if there was a way for the general public to get their voices heard? That’s where Opinionage comes in; an online service that enables users to share and compare opinions socially with the potential to make a big enough stir to catch the attention of those in power.

Snip.it’s Social Curation API: Organizing and Sharing Your Favorite Content

Greg Bates, November 9th, 2012

Snip.itSnip.it lets you collect what you see on the web, be it an article, video, or image, then categorize it, add your own comments, and share it. The Snip.it API, currently in version 2, is RESTful with the response in JSON. Snip.it itself features a backbone.js-powered page load structure to speed things along.

Video: The Personal Data Revolution

Adam DuVander, November 7th, 2012

SinglyWhen it comes to interacting with the over800 social APIs, it’s not just about your friend’s data. It’s also about your own data. The Personal Data Revolution is about making that data available to you, which is where the APIs come in.

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