The Growing Trend of Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS)

Janet Wagner, July 17th, 2013

ProgrammableWebThere is a category of vendors on the rise in the API space; Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS). The term is fairly new and there is some debate as to the definition and features of vendors that would be classified in the iPaaS category. This post is an overview of iPaaS and features several vendors that offer iPaaS solutions.

Anatomy of a Developer Portal URL

Adam DuVander, June 4th, 2013

ProgrammableWeb attempts to have as much information as possible about every API. But at some point a developer needs to visit the provider website. That’s when the portal takes over. W’ve written a lot about what goes in a portal, including the Three Cs, but what about where the portal itself goes? We dug into the ProgrammableWeb data to find common practices based on developer portal URLs.

APIs as Glue: Making it Stick

Guest Author, May 29th, 2013

Last week, for the first time I had the opportunity to attend the Glue conference in Broomfield, CO. An aptly named conference, Glue’s mission is to provide a technical forum for web application builders, architects, and integrators to talk about the various technologies that stick together to make a web platform and its associated applications. It’s one of the most exciting and nerdy places you can go, and it’s well worth the investment if you’re in this industry. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of this conference is the co-mingling of Big Enterprise and Scrappy Start-up.

Today in APIs: Instagram Pecks Twitter, Gilt Puts a Premium on Analytics and 11 New APIs

Greg Bates, December 10th, 2012

InstagramInstagram pulls photos from Twitter’s stream. Gilt Groupe signs up Google Analytics. Plus: Scraping websites can stand in place of APIs, how to put together an API support team, and 11 new APIs.

Today in APIs: Brightcove Releases App Cloud Mobile App Platform, DataSift Partners with Bitly and 17 New APIs

Wendell Santos, November 15th, 2012
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DataSiftBrightcove releases an update to their App Cloud mobile platform enabling developers to build mobile apps more quickly and cheaply. DataSift partners with Bitly to give users further insight into what content actually engages readers. Plus: Maluuba’s answer to Siri, IQ Engine’s new image recognition API and 17 new APIs.

443 Enterprise APIs: LinkedIn, Salesforce and FedEx

Wendell Santos, September 19th, 2012

LinkedInOur API directory now includes 443 enterprise APIs. The newest is the Swift-Kanban API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the LinkedIn API. We list 48 LinkedIn mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of enterprise APIs.

144 Office APIs: Salesforce, Google Spreadsheets and Google Documents

Wendell Santos, August 28th, 2012

Our API directory now includes 144 office APIs. The newest is the Practice Fusion API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the API. We list 45 mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of office APIs.

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Today in APIs: Advanced Twitter Filtering, OAuth Voice of Reason and 18 New APIs

Adam DuVander, August 6th, 2012

GnipThe Gnip API continues its focus on social data, providing new ways to filter the Twitter firehose. There are a lot of complaints about OAuth, but one presentation warns not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Plus: New York Times announces new developer events, a new API billionaire and 18 new APIs.

Today in APIs: Minneapolis 311 App, Google Developer Expert Program and 12 New APIs

Romin Irani, July 19th, 2012

Warranty LifeMinneapolis now has a 311 App for citizens to report civic issues. Google Developer Expert program to highlight top developers, an API for Product Warranties and 12 New APIs.

What Makes a Great API? The Five Keys

Adam DuVander, July 19th, 2012

We’ve seen over 6,500 APIs added to our directory, but we acknowledge they’re not all great. In fact, there’s a known secret if you’ve spent much time with APIs: creating a great API is really, really hard. There are a few attributes we’ve noticed that can make a big difference. Yesterday ProgrammableWeb’s John Musser gave a standing room only talk at OSCon about the topic of a great API and boiled it down to five keys.

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