Adding shipping and posting functionalities to your applications may be necessary for your what you’re trying to achieve, but it may not always be a quick and easy process. EasyPost is a posting and shipping service specifically designed for applications, saving developers some very valuable development time. The EasyPost API makes it possible for developers to access this functionality and easily integrate it with other applications.
Great customer service has long been a competitive advantage for any business. But for online merchants, that can take up valuable extra time, as customers wonder where their packages are. Amazon’s massive online retail business has done many things, such as famously upended the book industry. It’s also changed customer expectations–free shipping (or shipping by subscription), fast delivery, giving customers the ability to track with a click of a button. It puts the mom-and-pop online stores–and many other large operations–at a disadvantage. Aftership provides the Aftership API to help level the playing field.
Enterprises rarely move as quickly as the rest of the web. Many, including us at ProgrammableWeb, have been saying for some time that big companies will embrace the open API movement. It appears this may be happening in earnest now, as our directory hits the milestone of 8,000 APIs. And it makes sense, because APIs are helping companies do business, with the tradeoff between adding an external dependency being out-shined by the ability to move faster building upon someone else’s expertise.
Who needs a tracking service when you can just hop on the USPS, FedEx, UPS, or DHL website (or whoever your carrier is) and just track? Maybe you. The Trackthis API integrates an amazing array of functions into your application. The API webpage lists over 10 carriers you can get notifications for.
Tired of physical signatures interrupting your document workflows? HelloSign released the HelloSign API that allows developers to integrate eSignatures into websites, apps, or company processes. HelloSign’s creators were first bothered by paper’s inefficiency and wastefulness, and the irritation led to HelloFax.
This week we had 69 new APIs added to our API directory including a pass and ticket creation service for PassBook, eCommerce diagnosis and analytics service, advertising campaign management service, quality control service for crowd-sourcing websites, server storage extension service. We also covered an API that streamlines event planning. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
The Google App Engine went down for over 3 hours on Friday, then bounced back. Zapier added a new blog series on API quirks. Plus: there’s a new API meetup in Paris, the Amazon outage is proof that API monitoring needs overhauling, and 12 new APIs.
This week we had 96 new APIs added to our API directory including a cloud-based app compiler, IMS application platform, mobile live chat service, time tracking service and media access service. We also covered Reel Surfer’s video editing API. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 22 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Pushover, TelAPI and Zapier. The most often used APIs this week are Last.fm, TelAPI and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (3 APIs, 3 mashups), Telephony (3 APIs, 4 mashups) and Shipping (2 APIs, 2 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Our API directory now includes 443 enterprise APIs. The newest is the Swift-Kanban API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the LinkedIn API. We list 48 LinkedIn mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of enterprise APIs.