FlightStats, leading provider of global flight information, has launched the FlightStats Flex APIs to put FlightStats’ rich data in the hands of third-party developers. The product is a suite of APIs that allows developers access to a variety of flight/airport data (i.e. flight status in near real-time, flights in progress tracking, map-based tracking, flight schedules and availability, and airport information). FlightStats’ data covers 99.5% of U.S. flights, and more than 80% of commercial flights worldwide.
A music service is making it even easier to discover music videos by integrating with the YouTube API. A flight data company upgraded its FlightStats API. Plus: Github integration in a collaborative code editor, a “photo hunt” mashup and 17 new APIs.
At Google I/O, the developer conference in San Francisco taking place this week, the search giant announced a Siri-like service, Google Now. Users can ask questions and get answers directly in what they call “smart cards.” Those cards, with flight delays and sports scores, update automatically. And you’d better believe that within each of these cards is an API call.
This week we are going to take a look at some of the best new Facebook API mashups. Everyday, here at ProgrammableWeb, we showcase one exceptional mashup as “Mashup of The Day”; all of the Facebook mashups listed below have been granted that honor. In our directory we list 366 Facebook mashups.
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 23 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include FlightStats, Google In-App Payments, Google Mashup Editor and Sensis Business Search. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (6 APIs, 10 mashups), Shopping (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and Mapping (2 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
WorldMate, the world’s largest mobile itinerary management and booking service, launched the WorldMate API this week. The e-mail parsing API extracts travel data (e.g. confirmation e-mails, key travel information, airport codes, etc.) and sends the information back to the developer’s platform. Providing such information opens WorldMate’s data to a new realm of applications. WorldMate has already seen adoption from developers outside the itinerary management and booking space. Early examples include expense reporting, flight status, and compliance apps. WorldMate CEO, Jean Tripier, commented: “We are overwhelmed with the immediate popularity of the API across a wide spectrum of developers.”
The elite conference with wide open access to its videos is finally welcoming developers to its API, but only 50 of them. YouTube partner Rumblefish added an SDK to its developer offerings to make it easier to use its Rumblefish API for music licensing. Plus: the API Economy, domain owner verification, Netflix taming Amazon and 12 new APIs.
Our API directory now includes 134 travel APIs. The newest is the TakeABreak API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Kayak API. We list 12 Kayak mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of travel APIs.
Web APIs represent one of the biggest technology trends of recent years, by leveraging the simple technologies of the Web (REST, JSON, HTTP) for application integration. Although Web APIs are quite simple, organizations have realized that if they expose data in this easy way, they enable an array of mobile apps to be written to consume them. Examples of APIs include simple ways to query company stock information from brokerages, to retrieve flight information from airlines, and to retrieve shipping information from freight companies. In each case, it is simply Web technologies which are used. This is a great use of the language of the Web to address an older problem: data integration.
The mashups included below all clarify mountains of information. Using APIs, they gather the data and show it to the user in a way that makes sense. In one case, it’s a bar chart of emotions expressed over Twitter and other realtime search engines. Another takes your LinkedIn connections and displays them graphically. The other brings a handful of APIs to your iPhone, responding to your voice.