Our API directory now includes 63 CRM APIs. The newest is the PingGiant API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Salesforce API. We list 44 Salesforce mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of CRM APIs.
For some time we’ve noted that SOAP is losing to REST and REST-like approaches. In fact, in most sectors, it’s already lost. 68% of the APIs in our directory are REST, while 19% are SOAP. But one area where SOAP has remained popular is the enterprise. Anecdotally, this may be changing, based on recent announcements, such as from the Cicero API.
Exchanging currency for items or services is such an old time tradition and yet there are so many ways it can be done. I’ve just taken a stroll through the payment systems neighborhood and I’ve felt inspiration from the innovators FaceCash & Dwolla, pride in my home state operator PowerPay, and murky suspicion toward JunglePay.
This week we had 54 new APIs added to our API directory including a cloud storage service, image editing service, mobile payments service, social media marketing platform, contextual keyword extraction service, travel industry transaction processing service. In addition, we provided more in depth coverage of an online music service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Maestro.Fm wants to take your music experience to cloud nine, maybe even ten. Actually that could be a little overstated, but at least they are going to use cloud computing to do it. With a functionality similar to Google Music, a little application runs on your PC and uploads all your music to Maestro. Once it’s there, it’s augumented with album art, lyrics, and other lovely decorations. It’s kind of like a music library makeover. Google already has a thick collection of API services. Will they be interested in opening Google Music up for developer access? Don’t wait around and wonder, the Maestfo.fm API is already here.
NPR launched our API in July 2008. This API was the technology keystone of our strategy at NPR to solve crossmedia challenges by ensuring content could be ported to any presentation layer (websites, mobile apps etc). While the API has been a huge success, the code architecture behind the API was built on some inaccurate assumptions. NPR has recently finished refactoring the code behind API and we have already seen a significant improvement in performance and are better positioned for future growth of the API.
Today thirty two startups will take the stage at SXSW Accelerator to battle to be named the best. Last year’s overall winner became the largest mashup acquisition ever when it was gobbled up by Apple a month later. Who will be the winner this year? Chances look good that it will have an API. Below are the finalists that are in our directory.
This week we had 33 new APIs added to our API directory including a business travel data service, web translation tool, geolocation service, UK government data service, digital goods marketplace and online billing service. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.
One of the questions that I am most frequently asked regarding content APIs is “how can I make money with my API?” Before answering that question, however, it is important to ask for whom the API is designed. After all, the audiences for your API will determine what business opportunities exist.
It can be hard to find good news regarding employment thanks the recent financial downturn. Apparently no one told Amazon, who have a post on their Amazon Web Services (AWS) blog announcing that they have lots of positions to fill.