One of the most fascinating, yet frustrating, aspects of anything to do with APIs is how rapidly the technology that serves as the foundation for the programmable web evolves. That dynamic volatility was in full view last week at the API Strategy and Practice conference in New York in the form of Daniel Jacobson, director of API engineering at Netflix.
GoPollGo is all about creating polls, from running them during presidential debates to coworkers polling each other on where to go for lunch. It has two APIs. One is a public read-only API free to anyone. The other is private, in beta that allows third parties to create polls. Clients such as ESPN, Netflix, Hotels.com, Robert Scoble, AppleInsider and The Weather Channel, use GoPollGo to track opinions on their brands and businesses.
LinkedIn is among the most visited websites in the world. At ProgrammableWeb, we are more interested in number of API calls that the LinkedIn platform is serving per day and we can definitely say that it is among the API Billionaires with conservative estimates putting the number at around a few billion API calls per month. If you are looking at understanding and better still using the framework that powers the LinkedIn REST based API, we need to thank LinkedIn for opensourcing Rest.li, their RESTful Service Architecture Framework.
Amazon announces a High Memory EC2 type for applications that need have high compute, memory and network requirements. A compilation of 5 Crucial APIs to know about. Plus:18 API Business Models deconstructed, optimizing the Netflix API and 11 new APIs.
When you buy a car, it comes with a thick manual that probably sits in your glove box for the life of the car. The experience with a new luxury car may be much different. That printed, bound manual may only contain the information relevant to your car. No leather seats, no two page spread on caring for the hide. That’s intelligent content. And it’s an opportunity for APIs to help publishers go way beyond the cookie cutter printed book. It also happens to be an exciting conference coming to San Francisco in February.
The world’s largest social network gets a bad rap for changes to its Facebook API. Developers complain that their apps break and even called it the most broken API in a survey. Yet the company has worked to change that and today vowed to only announce “breaking changes” every quarter. You’ll only need to scramble to fix your app four times per year.
Techcrunch calls for a full Google Plus Read/Write API. 3Scale names the top 10 API Blogposts of 2012. Plus: Newspaper posts gun owner names and addresses, Amazon S3 adds root domain website hosting and 26 new APIs.
Tired of American TV? Tired of TV in English? Escape to Viki, the leading global TV and movie network, which provides videos with crowd sourced translations in 150 languages. The Viki API allows your users to browse more than 10,000 videos by genre, country, and language, plus search across the entire database. They have over 1 billion views. The API uses OAuth2.0 authentication, REST, with responses in either JSON or XML.
Hystrix: it’s the genus name for “Old World” porcupines, and it’s also the latest release from Netflix. But you won’t see it in their catalog of movie and TV titles, and you can’t add it to your queue, because it’s not content–it’s how Netflix makes sure its content is highly available. Now, Netflix has made Hystrix open source, for anyone using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to implement in their own cloud applications. Read on for details on this “resilience engineering” code library.