APIs enable incredible customization. No longer are customers locked into a specific interface or feature set: they can modify and augment core functionality as they see fit. It is incredibly liberating, but just deploying any old API isn’t enough. You need to really understand how people use your API. Luckily, you can group most API usage into one of two buckets: reading and writing.
Of the many APIs we published this week, eleven were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those eleven, which included the OneID API. OneID aims to end the problem that many people have with too many usernames and passwords. It does so by combing a users security keys into one big, encrypted “blob.” Apparently this information is more secure than normal user authentication practices and is callable via the OneID API. Once a users information is in the blob, OneID authenticates a user when they are trying to log into a site by confirming three different digital signatures on different devices. To learn more about OneID functionality, visit the OneID site as well as the OneID API blog post.
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 16 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Careerjet , D&B Direct, eBay Shopping and Gengo Human Translation. The most often used APIs this week are D&B Direct, Shopping.com and Shopzilla. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Shopping (5 APIs, 5 mashups), Job Search (2 APIs, 2 mashups) and Social (2 APIs, 2 mashups).
This week we had 60 new APIs added to our API directory including a programming article search, a retrieval, and rating service, an international shipping service, a business operating information service, a home buying service, a consultation and engagement service, a social messaging service and a biodiversity event information retrieval service.
LinkedIn is among the most visited websites in the world. At ProgrammableWeb, we are more interested in number of API calls that the LinkedIn platform is serving per day and we can definitely say that it is among the API Billionaires with conservative estimates putting the number at around a few billion API calls per month. If you are looking at understanding and better still using the framework that powers the LinkedIn REST based API, we need to thank LinkedIn for opensourcing Rest.li, their RESTful Service Architecture Framework.
Last month ProgrammableWeb reported that Wordnik, a popular online dictionary and provider of the Wordnik API, had launched a brand new company called Reverb. Reverb is home to several developer tools including Swagger, a complete framework for “describing, producing, consuming, and visualizing RESTful web services.” This post is an overview of the Swagger interactive API documentation specification and framework.
This week we had 57 new APIs added to our API directory including an international discount hotel room search service, an online billing system, an esport event tools, a mobile advertising service, a hosted survey and questionnaire service, a spam-resistant short-term contact service and a french banking application service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Google Places Developer API Challenge announces winners. Admob API new release asks developers to upgrade to newer API by March to continue serving Ads. Plus: mGive, Twilio and Heroku join forces to launch Hotline to save The Poet of El Barrio and 09 new APIs.