How Having an API Helps Your Maximum Viable Product

Guest Author, October 25th, 2012

You might know the term Minimum Viable Product, or MVP, popularized by Eric Ries. Hardly ever does someone define a Maximum Viable Product, or MaVP. Products are not complete when there is no feature left to added. Products are complete when there is no feature left to be removed (inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupery). An API can help you shape your MaVP.


Today in APIs: Facebook, $5K Developer Challenge and 13 New APIs

Adam DuVander, July 3rd, 2012

FacebookFacebook’s email address problems continue and now the company is blaming its own Facebook API. A local search company is offering a big monthly prize for mixing up APIs. Plus: the myth of cloud computing standards, Amazon outages and 13 new APIs.


180 Finance APIs: PayPal, CrunchBase and FreshBooks

Wendell Santos, June 26th, 2012

PayPalOur API directory now includes 180 finance APIs. The newest is the TTAGG Stock API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the PayPal API. We list 33 PayPal mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of finance APIs.


88 Project Management APIs: Basecamp, Backpack and Cohuman

Wendell Santos, April 25th, 2012

BasecampOur API directory now includes 88 project management APIs. The newest is the Trajectory API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Basecamp API. We list 14 Basecamp mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of project management APIs.


35 Invoicing APIs: PayPal, FreshBooks and Blinksale

Wendell Santos, April 3rd, 2012

PayPalOur API directory now includes 35 invoicing APIs. The newest is the CashFlows API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the PayPal API. We list 33 PayPal mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of invoicing APIs.


71 New APIs: SinglePlatform, CBSSports.com and Web Video Dashboard

Wendell Santos, February 5th, 2012
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This week we had 71 new APIs added to our API directory including a fantasy sports platform, restaurant menu and local business storefront API, web video dashboard, photo editing service, embedded search service and an application integration platform. We also covered a social media management tool adding its own API. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.


39 APIs Used in 7 Days: Foursquare, AngelList, GitHub

Wendell Santos, January 28th, 2012

This past week 18 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 39 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include AngelList, Elance, EPA Station Catalog, EPA Watershed Summary, Google Sites , Google Translator Toolkit , Mapfluence, MediaTemple and RPM Software. The most often used APIs this week are foursquare, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (6 APIs, 10 mashups), Mapping (5 APIs, 7 mashups) and Shopping (5 APIs, 6 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:


Best New Mashups: Twilio Mashups

Wendell Santos, November 4th, 2011

TwilioSince mid summer we’ve seen an uptick in the number of submitted mashups that use the Twilio API. Twilio (a ProgrammableWeb sponsor) offers extensive documentation that along with their bi-weekly contest encourages developers to create a variety of mashups, many which make their way into our directory. This week we’ll take a look at some of our favorites that have been recently submitted.


35 APIs Used in 7 Days: Amazon eCommerce, Google Plus, Groupon

Wendell Santos, October 29th, 2011

This past week 16 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 35 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include 8coupons, Agendize Action, Avvo, Expedia, Google Distance Matrix, Google Plus, Google Sidewiki, Hoiio SMS, Hoiio Voice , Mendeley, PLoS Search and Xa.ly. The most often used APIs this week are Amazon eCommerce, Google Maps and Twilio. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (6 APIs, 9 mashups), Social (4 APIs, 6 mashups) and Telephony (4 APIs, 5 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:


Best New Mashups – Starting Your New Business

Wendell Santos, October 28th, 2011

So you want to start a business? Sure you’ve done the legwork and come up with a killer idea, put together your team and even found some office space on the cheap. You’re not done yet though, you’ve still got to worry about all the little day to day details that keep your business running. Well here at ProgrammableWeb we’re here to help you out. Take a look at the mashups below and make sure your business runs smoothly.


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