Today, eight years after the web Site was founded, ProgrammableWeb.com crossed an important threshold and recorded the 10,000th API into its directory. What started with a record of Yahoo!’s Flickr API has blossomed into a database whose growth can only accelerate over time.
Back in 2005, when ProgrammableWeb founder John Musser caught wind of the tsunami of APIs that were about to make landfall on the Internet — APIs like the ones for Google Maps and Flickr that debuted that year — he not only recognized the tipping point that was upon us, he seized the day. He founded ProgrammableWeb as the first and only destination dedicated to the community of Web developers and the API providers in their service.
The ProgrammableWeb directory marches toward quintuple digits. Having just passed 9,000 APIs, the next milestone ahead looks even bigger. Of course, all the recent milestones look huge compared to the directory at the end of 2005, when it sat at just 105 APIs. In addition to continuing the rise of the enterprise, the latest APIs show mobile as a driving force. At least two previously locked-down categories, payments and messaging, are now being changed by APIs.
The API landscape has changed a lot since ProgrammableWeb was founded in 2005. While developers are still mashing together services for fun, APIs are also driving real business. Being a voice for this transformation is an exciting privilege. We’re thrilled to continue and expand this role in the community, now as part of MuleSoft.
Of the many APIs we published this week, thirteen were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those thirteen, which included the Kelly Blue Book InfoDriver API. The Kelly Blue Book InfoDriver API provides data on all relevant car models, features and selling prices. Specifically used vehicle data, new vehicle data, motorcycle, powersports, and anything with wheels. To learn more about the Kelly Blue Book InfoDriver API visit the Kelly Blue Book site as well as the Kelly Blue Book API Blog post.
The first annual API community survey shows that developers want clearly documented APIs that are reliably available and have an active community of other developers. Further, as many as four of every five developers works for an organization that itself makes an API available, either publicly or privately. In this post, we’ll take a deep dive into the API community and the answers from this first survey.
It’s not your last chance to have your voice heard in the API community. But with 2012 coming to a close, today is your last chance to have that voice be counted in the API community survey. It is an important time for us all to learn more because APIs are growing up. They’re still very new to many, but they’re being taken all the more seriously. So let’s find out about the people that make up the API community by all taking the survey.
Every once in awhile it’s good to take stock of the state of things and the end of another year provides a nice opportunity to look back on where we’ve been and where we’re going next. For the API community, this is an especially crucial time as the APIs we produce and consume are still relatively nascent. With that in mind, ProgrammableWeb has teamed up with 3scale, Layer7, Mashery and API Jobs to put together a survey of the community.
Enterprises rarely move as quickly as the rest of the web. Many, including us at ProgrammableWeb, have been saying for some time that big companies will embrace the open API movement. It appears this may be happening in earnest now, as our directory hits the milestone of 8,000 APIs. And it makes sense, because APIs are helping companies do business, with the tradeoff between adding an external dependency being out-shined by the ability to move faster building upon someone else’s expertise.
Geeklist offers developers an online haven to present their work, connect with other developers, and gain credit for achievements. Geeklist’s lean staff proudly states that Geeklist was “[b]uilt by developers, for developers… we make geeks lives better every day.” The API allows developers to create their own applications and services and retrieve any needed data from the Geeklist database. The API has remained in private beta since the Geeklist’s original launch, but will open to the public with a 48-hour hackathon from November 30 – December 3.