Emerging Themes in API Design and Management: A Summary from Industry Events

Mark Boyd, September 3rd, 2013

Recent and upcoming API events reveal current themes in API design and management. The wider API developer community continues to strengthen, as does the recognition of the power of APIs in business and government. New events are also sparking developer communities based on geography or interest to crop up across the United States and around the globe.

31 CMS APIs: WordPress, Decibel and StorageRoom

Wendell Santos, July 2nd, 2013

WordPress.comOur API directory now includes 31 CMS APIs. The newest is the Contentful API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the WordPress.com API. We list 3 WordPress.com mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of CMS APIs.

The KantanMT API: Can You Translate Me Now?

Greg Bates, June 13th, 2013

The KantanMT’s REST-based API with JSON responses is designed to aid mid-sized local service providers (LSPs) in delivering KantanMT translation capabilities. KantanMT is a statistical machine translation platform (in contrast to a computer assisted translation service). The big advantage is speed: the service is available instantly, faster than you can say, “qu’est-ce que c’est?”

95 Sharing APIs: Box.net, Dropbox and Ipernity

Wendell Santos, May 21st, 2013

Box.netOur API directory now includes 95 sharing APIs. The newest is the Screenhero API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Zillow API. We list 79 Box.net mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of sharing APIs.

945 Social APIs: Twitter, Facebook and Delicious

Wendell Santos, January 16th, 2013

TwitterOur API directory now includes 945 social APIs. The newest is the SmartBots API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Twitter API. We list [num] Twitter mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of social APIs.

Time to Be Thankful for Mass Customization of Software

Michael Vizard, November 21st, 2012

Thanksgiving is one of those times of the year when everyone naturally gets a little more retrospective. With that in mind now is as good a time as any to reflect on what developers should be thankful for in 2012. To that end, arguably the thing that made developers in the last year more productive than any time in recent memory was RESTful APIs. After all, the value of any application rises in almost direct proportion to the number of other applications it can be integrated with. RESTful APIs have made it easier to integrate applications than ever.

Springer APIs- Fostering Innovation via API Contests

Ajay Ohri, November 20th, 2012

SpringerSpringer is one of the leading publishers of scientific books and journals. It has had an OpenAccess API , and it has also sponsored API contests around the same. Three kinds of APIs are available by Springer.

3Scale Launches Open Source API Proxy Providing Enterprises On-premises and in the Cloud API Traffic Management

Janet Wagner, November 16th, 2012

3Scale3Scale, a leading Plug and Play SaaS API Management platform and services provider, has just announced the launch of a new Open Source API Proxy that provides Enterprises API traffic management on-premises and in the cloud.

Today In APIs: Twitter CEO Ignores Developers’ Anger, OneTok Launches Voice Recognition Platform, and 20 New APIs

Wendell Santos, September 20th, 2012

TwitterTwitter’s CEO, Dick Costolo, stands strong behind the recent API changes that have angered many developers. OneTok comes out of beta and launches their voice recognition platform. Plus: The release of the fitness industry’s first open API, the Library of Congress unveils beta.congress.gov and 20 new APIs.

50 APIs Used in 7 Days: Last.fm, Foursquare and Dropbox

Wendell Santos, June 30th, 2012

This past week 8 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 50 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Acapela, APIfy, AuthorityLabs Account, AuthorityLabs Partner, Boxcar, Buffer, Diigo, Google Sites , Gravatar, Instapaper, Pinboard, Plurk, Pocket, Posterous, Readability , Scoop.it, Svpply, Weather Central, WordPress.com, Yammer and Zootool. The most often used APIs this week are Last.fm, Twitter and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (9 APIs, 10 mashups), Bookmarks (6 APIs, 6 mashups) and Internet (5 APIs, 5 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:

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