In a previous post I covered six great ways to engage your API community. It was based on seeing thousands of APIs—some that received developer attention and some that fell flat. Now I have dug into ProgrammableWeb’s directory to find the features that really seem to make a difference. Comparing the top 100 APIs to the rest of the pack, it’s clear that community support is a huge differentiator.
Google has released a new version of the Google Visualization API that features new chart types including sankey diagrams, calendar charts and annotation charts. The release also includes new features and improvements such as string to number conversion in datatables, the ability to export corecharts and geocharts as PNGs, and crosshairs for scatter, line and combo charts.
Oscar-nominated film Her would have us believe that in the future we may fall in love with our operating systems. Or at the very least, it shows a much more fluid interaction with technology. Through mostly a speech interface, people are able to read email, search and view photos. Merge this with the Internet of Things that is taking over our present and you can see the power of APIs that speak your language.
Google Cloud Developer Challenge 2013, a contest that invited Developers to build applications on the Google Cloud Platform has announced the contest winners after an intense period of evaluation. The contest opened for submission in September and semi-finalists were announced in early December. The semi-finalists were given a month to further develop their applications and a final round of evaluation declared 12 winners, across 6 geographical regions in the world, two winners per region. Applications were required to run on App Engine and utilize Google’s APIs like You Tube, Google + and others in innovative ways.
This week, Orchestrate launched an API to allow management of multiple databases via a single API and interface. Cofounder and CEO of Orchestrate Antony Falco spoke with ProgrammableWeb about the growth of Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) and why Orchestrate is a game changer for both app developers and the enterprise.
Semantic Video Analysis API created by Thinkglue. The API Strategy and Practice Conference in Amsterdam, March 26-28, 2014 adds new speakers. Plus: TSheets new API makes business tech integrations faster, Mellanox releases ethernet switch API, and 4 new APIs.
Having an intuitive developer portal is only the beginning of building your API community. Both online and offline aspects can really help you engage with the developers who use your API. The same methods can also help you identify or attract potential developers. These are all pretty much must-haves, but be sure to share in the comments the ones that you think are most important.
There are a number of ways to discuss API popularity. One of the common methods ProgrammableWeb has used is by mashups, the number of completed apps. However, there may be a leading indicator before developers have even started writing code. The “track” functionality on ProgrammableWeb lets developers declare an interest in receiving updates on particular APIs. By diving into this data we can see many things. For example, recently developers have loved travel. Overall, social and visual APIs rule
Paymate launches an API to take on Square down under. Algolia revs up search with new real-time API. Plus: Stripe CTF3 coming soon, WSO2 has an upcoming seminar on secure API management, and 21 new APIs.
Developer resource platform Runnable has today launched the first of its Company Code Channels. In partnership with Google, Runnable’s Dart Code Channel provides a virtual platform for developers to run tests and implement code when building web applications using Dart 1.0. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Runnable CEO Yash Kumar on the eve of the launch.