APImetrics has announced the launch of the APImetrics API Performance Test Solution, a new kind of end-to-end API testing and monitoring service that tests an API’s functionality and speed of response using complex, authenticated API calls. Most API testing services typically check to see if an API is online by pinging the API address and then reporting the latency of the ping. Using API calls allows the APImetrics service to provide comprehensive monitoring and analysis of the actual performance of APIs.
Walk through any shopping mall food court and you’re bound to be offered a free sample from at least one of the restaurants. The taster is such a staple of mall marketing for one simple reason: it just plain works. This tactic has been borrowed with success by software-as-a-service (and even downloadable software) companies and as such is also common with API Products.
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 April, Wired published a story about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s mission to make Flckr awesome again. Likely, that was the motivation behind Yahoo’s recent acquisition of IQ Engines, a popular image recognition service.
Photo search company IQ Engines bought by Yahoo. The SumAll API will launch in two months. Plus: in the elastic cloud, stacks shape API conversations, the Internet of Things could be an API headache, and 10 new APIs.
With the weekend coming up let’s take a look back at the mashups that were added to the ProgrammableWeb mashup directory over the last couple of weeks. Today we’ll cover four mashups that include story narration with Instagram photo backdrops, a tool to follow the migration of monarch butterflies, a text-to-speech karaoke service, and visual representation of road related deaths across the world.
At the time of this writing, there are 197 APIs listed in the Education Category of the ProgrammableWeb API Directory. A few of the leading APIs in this category include Khan Academy, Edmodo and Schoology.
This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 8 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Mandrill and Venmo. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Ordr.in and Venmo. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (2 APIs, 5 mashups), Email (1 APIs, 1 mashups) and Food (1 APIs, 1 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
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.
This week we had 46 new APIs added to our API directory including a personalization and content engine, US health insurance plans and information service, API support tools, SMS messaging and voice broadcasting, mobile operations management service. In addition we covered an API for targeted video campaigns. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.