Media publishers XO Group hosted Hack Upon a Cause in New York last weekend. ProgrammableWeb spoke with the organizers about how to manage a hackathon aimed at solving real world problems, and checked in with the FullStack Academy winners who learned to code at a bootcamp just four weeks prior to the event.
Well over 600,000 developers participate in a topcoder community that not only allows them to expand their development skills, but also gives them access to projects where they can get paid for participating.
This year has seen an increasing number of creative agencies incorporating APIs into the way they work. Sure, PR and digital creatives are using APIs in their monitoring and analytics to measure reach and impact of their efforts, but increasingly, they are using APIs to funnel realtime data into the very fabric of their campaigns and to ramp up audience engagement around a brand’s story. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Arvid Dyfverman from the award-winning Swedish PR agency, Deportivo, about how APIs are at the very center of their creative campaigns.
For the developer seeking to experiment efficiently with social APIs, O’Reilly’s 2nd Edition of “Mining the Social Web” is a truly outstanding resource.
Author Matthew A. Russell drops the developer right into the sandbox of each social network (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ are particularly emphasized, as you would expect) with just the right amount of explanation about what’s accessible via each dataset, and then clears out all the obstacles so they can start data mining against very clear examples.
Controlling a local database is vital for collecting tweets and users from the Twitter API. Once this is accomplished, you no longer have to worry about rate limits, API reliability or speed of access. I do most of my work with MySQL, but any server-based database can be used—even a flat file in CSV format is a viable solution for minimal storage needs.
After months of anticipation and eager watching from the sidelines by developers across the board, Pinterest has begun releasing access to a new suite of API endpoints aimed at building strong business relationships and generating value flow to Pinterest end users. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Pinterest Head of Developer Relations, Jason Costa, about the new APIs. We also spoke with Jinny Kwon, from Random House, about how they created a recommendation engine with the Pinterest APIs.
There are over 1,000 social APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory. The big names in that list, Facebook, Google Plus, LinkedIn and Twitter, are also amongst the most popular public APIs overall. Since other API providers look to these leaders for examples in engaging with developers, I thought it would be useful to see how each uses a common communications medium. That’s right, how do the social APIs use social media themselves?
The existence of APIs has made it possible for organizations to collect and aggregate unprecedented amounts of customer data. What’s not so clear is how to actually go about harnessing it. That issue is giving rise to a host of customer intelligence applications that leverage APIs to ingest data and then, in turn, make analysis of that data available via an external API.
If Google wants to grow the user base for its social networking platform Google+ by targeting the business segment, an API might be just the thing. To that end, Google recently brought its Google+ Domains API out of beta. Now developers everywhere can use the API to integrate Google+ functions and services into their existing business tools.