Software developers have a lot going for them. They’re highly paid, in demand, and have an unlimited number of projects where they can add value. The one thing they DON’T have in abundance is time, and they HATE wasting it. It’s wise to keep this in mind when setting up your API program.
This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 29 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Assembla, Baby Names, Behance, Coderwall Profile, Dribbble, Envato, Forrst, Geeklist, Hacker News Mobile, jsFiddle, Launchpad, Ohloh, Plunker, Primal, Readability , RubyGems and ScraperWiki. The most often used APIs this week are Dribbble, Rotten Tomatoes and ScraperWiki. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (7 APIs, 7 mashups), Tools (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Other (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Global interest in hackathons is growing fast, with many events booking out shortly after being announced. Developers keen to test out new skills in real world environments, and entrepreneurs who want to connect with a readily assembled network of do-ers are driving global growth in hackathon events. And with more businesses looking to use hackathons as a way to evangelize their APIs, there’s no sign that this trend will slow down any time soon.
Hackers across the country are getting ready to participate in the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking which will take place in over 80 cities on June 1st and 2nd, 2013. The two day event will bring together citizens, developers, government agencies and entrepreneurs to create applications using publicly available APIs and datasets, to help solve a civic or social problem impacting the local community.
After three years of work, Rustici Software and partners are happy to announce that the Tin Can API version 1.0 will officially launch April 26, 2013. Tin Can constitutes an “experience API” that enables data collection from a wide range of sources. The API collects data from human interactions with each other, technology, and groups and can standalone or integrate with a learning management system (LMS).
Evernote, providers of the Evernote API, has just announced the launch of the Evernote Accelerator Program, a month-long mentorship program for developers that will begin in October 2013 and will take place at the Evernote headquarters in Redwood City, California.
Here is an interview with Jacob Perkins, creator of text processing API and author of Python Text Processing with NLTK Cookbook. Jacob talks on why APIs help, on accuracy and domain context in sentiment analysis APIs, using Mashape for monetizing APIs and on enabling continued API availability to enterprise customers.
Betable, the first platform that allows developers to legally create gambling games (without the developer procuring a license), has announced its second hackathon: Betable Hackathon 2.0. Building on the success of their its first hackathon, Betable expects everything from traditional casino games to unheard of games of chance and strategy to debut at the hackathon. With more and more states legalizing online gambling, the timing of this San Francisco event has been timed perfectly.
If you weren’t at the #VegasHack public data hackathon on Saturday, February 23, 2013, you sure missed an “open data” great time. Vegas Hack and Code For America collaborated to bring a civic innovation hackathon for people dedicated to finding new solutions to address real issues in the community.
YouTube has integrated with Gengo and Translated.net to allow seamless caption translation. The LinkedIn API has moved to OAuth 2.0. Plus: StackMob launches enterprise API marketplace, Rackspace open sources PHP SDK for OpenCloud, and 8 new APIs.