Open API Growth: a Visualization

Adam DuVander, September 16th, 2011

ProgrammableWebThe fall issue of GOOD uses data from our quickly-expanding API directory to show its growth over time, including some important APIs along the way. In the same infographic (below), you can also see promenant open government data initiatives from around the world.


6000 Mashups: Social Continues Rising

Wendell Santos, August 26th, 2011

6000 mashupsThis week we saw the ProgrammableWeb mashup directory pass the 6000 mark. Maps, specifically Google Maps, maintain the largest percentage of mashups as has been the case since we started six years ago. However in a continuing trend from the last couple of years, social mashups have steadily increased in popularity. They now comprise 9% of the directory making them the third largest type of mashup represented.


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Wendell Santos, August 10th, 2011

ProgrammableWebHere at ProgrammableWeb, we strive to be your resource for news, information and trends about the web as a platform. Our first-rate staff of writers and editors is only made possible through the support of our great sponsors and partners. We’re pleased to offer you this chance to learn more about the companies that make our site possible.


API Report: Inside Electronic Signatures

Adam DuVander, July 20th, 2011
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For at least thirty years, people have talked about the “paperless office.” With cloud-based services, it may finally be possible. Yet, for many organizations, a major hang-up is contracts, which require ink signatures. In our first public API report, sponsored by DocuSign, we looked at electronic signature platforms. Specifically, we examined the features and developer friendliness of e-signature APIs, which allow non-ink signatures to be automated and integrated into business processes. Without a doubt, e-signatures are a growing field, as evidenced by the recent acquisition of EchoSign by Adobe.


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Wendell Santos, July 1st, 2011

At ProgrammableWeb, we aim to be developers’ go-to resource for news, information and trends about the open web. Our ability to bring you the timeliest news and writing is made possible through the continued support of our sponsors and partners. We’re pleased to offer you this chance to learn more about the companies that make [...]


New “Try It” Feature Uses Google Discovery API

Adam DuVander, June 27th, 2011

Google APIs DiscoveryThe Google APIs Discovery API is an innovative API description service that helps make sense of Google APIs. Anyone using this meta-API can find other Google APIs and see the options available from those APIs. And thanks to this new API, ProgrammableWeb has now added “Try It” functionality to several Google API profiles in our directory. Using Google’s Discovery API, we automatically retrive resources and methods from Google, with form fields created to accept input. Without leaving ProgrammableWeb, you can now check out select Google APIs like the Google Translate API.


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Adam DuVander, May 24th, 2011

ProgrammableWebProgrammableWeb has seen tremendous growth, as we shot past 3,000 APIs in our directory. Our sponsors and partners enable us to have the top-notch writing and editing staff we do to maintain this growth. We’re pleased to offer you this chance to learn more about the companies that make our site possible.


How to Become Mashup of the Day

Adam DuVander, April 15th, 2011

ProgrammableWebEvery day we select one new mashup to crown mashup of the day. It usually does something unique or uses a more obscure API. And it always gets interest across the web, being tweeted, blogged and tinkered with by our developer audience. We’d like to share some of the criteria we use to pick mashups of the day and invite you to submit your apps that make use of one or more APIs.


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Adam DuVander, March 10th, 2011

ProgrammableWebWe strive to make ProgrammableWeb the leading resource for news, information and trends about the web as a platform. What makes our worldwide writing and editing staff possible is the support of our sponsors and partners. We are extra lucky that these great companies also have products and services of interest to our readers. We’re pleased to offer you this chance to learn more about the companies that make our site possible.


3,000 Web APIs: Trends From a Quickly Growing Directory

Adam DuVander, March 8th, 2011
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ProgrammableWeb has reached a major milestone by adding its 3,000th web service API to our API directory. We’ve come a long way when you consider there were only 105 listed at the end of 2005. As we’ve noted previously, the growth rate of APIs doubled, which led to an influx of new services. Below are some of the trends we’ve spotted as the directory marks a new high.


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