Creating API mashups has matured alongside the explosive growth of open APIs to create a new type of service: the API aggregation business. These innovative businesses combine APIs from multiple providers to build new products and services. Recent conference panels (including several hosted by ProgrammableWeb), have confirmed that API aggregation is set to be a major theme of 2014. This article explores some of the emerging business models and service providers focused on API aggregation and discusses what to expect as we see API aggregation increase in the year ahead.
The explosive growth of social media, cloud computing and mobile devices is making Web APIs the primary interface for technology-driven products and services, and placing more and more attention on the emerging “API economy.” And with 50 percent of B2B collaboration predicted to take place through APIs by 2016, we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.
HTML5 and its APIs have gone a long way toward making Web applications compete with native applications. A key area in which HTML5 has seen the maximum attention from developers has been in its support for media technologies. Developers have used HTML5 audio and video APIs in tremendously innovative ways. However, it has not been an easy ride, with developers complaining about the lack of support for complex audio and video functions.
This week, we had 62 new APIs added to our API directory including a marketing affiliate tracking platform, an interactive 3D human body tool, and a new shopping cart API. We also featured an exclusive interview with Pinterest’s Head of Developer Relations.
Pop.co explains why its architecture is driven by APIs. Plus: Salesforce deploys APIs to redefine customer relationships, and 11 new APIs.
Last week marked the end of Evernote Accelerator Program capped by the demo day on Thursday. The Accelerator is a month-long, fully paid residency program where six startup teams from around the world were given the opportunity to study an on-premise startup curriculum at Evernote’s offices. The demo day acted as a capstone to the event, allowing the teams to show off the progress made on each of their products; each using the Evernote API. ProgrammableWeb caught up with Evernote’s Director of Developer Relations Rafe Needleman for some insight into the product teams and their experiences in the Accelerator.
Along with the growth of APIs in general has come the emergence of the API as a product. Many times a new startup is entirely an API. When the entire company is an API, you’d better choose the right API business model. When the API is the product, or the whole business, many times this means charging developers to use your API. It turns out, it’s not just about how much you charge them, but how. This post will look at the many different ways that API-as-product companies are getting developers to pay for access.
This week, we had 54 new APIs added to our API directory including a web application for biomedical concept information, a backend-as-a-service for building and maintaining applications, and an image processing service API. We also added several new “how-to” blogposts, from how to visualize Twitter updates over time to how to use the Twilio API.
Skype is still axing Chat on its Desktop API, keeps recording and device capability–for now. The Matrox Maevex PowerStream API is available to manage Maevex H.264 encoders and decoders. Plus: LinkedIn adds restrictions on APIs, Pebble SDK hits 2.0 with new APIs, iOS 7 support, and 9 new APIs.