At this year’s SXSW, Mashery (a ProgrammableWeb sponsor) conducted a survey of attending developers and discovered something interesting: They care more about getting Commercial Terms of Service (TOS) than code samples from their APIs. Does this mean a new rash of coder/lawyers skewed the survey sample? No, it’s just an indication that developers are growing up–and they expect their favorite APIs to grow with them.
A year ago we asked who belongs to the API billionaires club and listed several APIs that can count their API requests in the billions. Now there are many more API billionaires serving billions of requests every month. There is also a class of eight companies that are serving in the billions every single day, as shown in ProgrammableWeb Founder John Musser’s talk today at Glue.
Google has announced a major update to the AdMob API and its mobile SDK. A presentation offers an education on the API Economy. Plus: developer sued by the postal service, Amazon keeps enhancing its DynamoDB API and 15 new APIs.
Apple now integrates with the Yelp API with its personal assistant app Siri. Sunlight Labs asks if governments really need APIs. Plus: APIs at NPR and PBS, Amazon routing and 15 new APIs.
Our Mashery Developer Outreach team co-organized and participated in over 50 hackathon events in 2011. Not yet 3 months in to 2012, we’re already up to 25 and counting. All this exposure to hack events over the last 2 years has given us a lot of insight into what makes for a great hackathon. This insight also helps us – and our Enterprise/Fortune 500 customers — avoid the non-awesome ones.
Will Pinterest finally and officially open its Pinterest API? Forbes calls for Apple to do the same with Siri, while the Instagram API aims to be more of a platform. Plus: reading made social, content monetization and 12 new APIs.
Facebook is shining a spotlight on developers, starting with the crew behind the Guardian API and its social apps. The sports site RUWT has expanded its Are You Watching This API with a unique data offering. Plus: a popular new gaming API, new RESTful debates and 10 new APIs.
SeatGeek is ready to fork over a generous revenue share to developers using its SeatGeek API. Graph APIs aren’t just for Facebook anymore. Plus: Facebook mobile hackathon, monetizing games and 18 new APIs.
Get started with using Facebook to let users login to your app. Learn why API design is hurting the cloud (and how to fix it). Also: an API “launch” without details for developers, Facebook hack event headed for Asia and 38 new APIs.
Facebook has tips for developers wanting to send Facebook stories to their iOS apps when read from the Facebook iPhone app. Getty Images has released its own API for access its stock photography site. Plus: API-driven development, an API for all the countries in the world and 9 new APIs.