Today in APIs: Facebook, Guardian and 10 New APIs

Adam DuVander, March 2nd, 2012

GuardianFacebook is shining a spotlight on developers, starting with the crew behind the Guardian API and its social apps. The sports site RUWT has expanded its Are You Watching This API with a unique data offering. Plus: a popular new gaming API, new RESTful debates and 10 new APIs.

Infographic: Mobile Backend-as-a-Service Ecosystem

Adam DuVander, February 9th, 2012

CocoafishThere are now a number of backend-as-a-service companies focused on mobile developers. We list 6 backend APIs that help with common mobile tasks, including the Cocoafish API, which was today acquired by Appcelerator. But it’s a much bigger ecosystem, as shown in the infographic below.

30 APIs Used in 7 Days: LinkedIn, CloudMine and Wikipedia

Wendell Santos, February 4th, 2012

This past week 19 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 30 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Clicky, CloudMine, Ergast, Idescat, Library of Congress Prints & Photographs, PubNub JavaScript Push, SHOUTcast Radio and Teambox. The most often used APIs this week are DonorsChoose, Google Maps and LinkedIn. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Music (6 APIs, 6 mashups), Social (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Internet (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:

76 Storage APIs:, Amazon S3, Dropbox

Wendell Santos, January 31st, 2012

Amazon S3Our API directory now includes 76 storage APIs. The newest is the Pervasive Data Integrator API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Amazon S3 API. We list 77 Zillow mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of storage APIs.

Best Mashups from PennApps 2012 Hackathon

Guest Author, January 18th, 2012

College hackathons have proliferated on the northeast over the past two years, from HackNY to Startup Weekend Princeton, to PennApps, which the Dining Philosophers hold at the University of Pennsylvania on a weekend early in each semester.

This year theme was simplicity; taking a complicated app and making it easier. Of the 42 demos presented Sunday afternoon (livestream archive here), here are some of the coolest hacks that took full advantage of available APIs.

More Mobile APIs Coming With Usergrid Acquisition

Adam DuVander, January 18th, 2012

UsergridRoll-your-own API service Usergrid has been acquired by API management company Apigee. Usergrid could potentially help Apigee reach out to mobile developers increasingly finding themselves needing APIs to interact with their apps. It’s part of a trend of developers not only being API consumers, but also API providers–at least privately to their own apps.

CloudMine: Replacing Devs or Making Them More Efficient?

Tim Lytle, November 1st, 2011

CloudMineAt first glance you may think CloudMine is trying to put me out of buisness. As a contract developer, I find myself frequently working with APIs, and occasionally building them. The APIs I’ve built don’t make their way into ProgrammableWeb’s directory, for the most part they’re private APIs used by mobile devices to store user data and access dynamic content. Now the CloudMine API wants to provide that as a service for any mobile application.

“Backend As A Service” Companies Differentiate on Funding, Documentation

Garrett Wilkin, October 31st, 2011

ParseParse makes a great run at attracting developers to its platform and engaging them by providing clear documentation for the Parse API and SDKs. Making developer documentation and SDKs freely available is an excellent strategy, and a top notch strategy is important for this company.

50 New APIs: PayPal Invoicing, CloudMine and New York City’s API

Wendell Santos, October 23rd, 2011
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This week we had 50 new APIs added to our API directory including an online payment service, image recognition service, backend-as-a-service platform, video hosting and publishing platform, crowdsourcing platform for startup funding and an app translation management service. We also previewd New York City’s thrid annual BigApps conference. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

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