61 New APIs: deviantART, Kinamik, TransiCast

Wendell Santos, November 6th, 2011
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This week we had 61 new APIs added to our API directory including a currency exchange rates service, social polling service, a social network for artists, data preservation and authentication service, cloud storage service and a public transit data aggregation service. In addition, we covered an API for measuring cloud spending. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

32 APIs Used in 7 Days: Bing, Flickr, Thrutu

Wendell Santos, November 5th, 2011

This past week 18 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 32 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Bing Translator, Google Distance Matrix, Google Page Speed Online, Martindale-Hubbell, National Library of Medicine DIRLINE, NHS, PeerIndex and Yahoo Address Book. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, Twilio and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Mapping (4 APIs, 8 mashups), Shopping (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Other (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:

45 New APIs: MongoDB, Podcast Retrieval, Skyscanner

Wendell Santos, August 21st, 2011

This week we had 45 new APIs added to our API directory including a hosted MongoDB database, live chat platform, fact sharing service, podcast retrieval service, distributed graph database, and a flight and travel search engine. In addition, we covered the launch of the Pearson Plug & Play Platform. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

BodyMedia is a New Fitbit-like Activity and Body Measurement Device–Launching With an API

Garrett Wilkin, June 13th, 2011

BodyMediaBodyMedia provides insight into your body’s physical state through four scientific measurements.  It uses a pedometer-like device to measure physical motion and steps, but also has galvanic skin response, skin temperature and heat flux measures.  The BodyMedia API will give application developers access to all these metrics on your body’s recent activity.  FitBit is in a similar space, but FitBit just doesn’t have as many measurements to use in its applications.

The Easy API: Lessons Learned Scaling an API

Guest Author, May 24th, 2011

The Easy APIAsking the simple question to API maintainers of how scalable is your API seems to conjure some awkward pauses. The Easy API recently discovered how well equipped we were to handle a massive influx of requests to our system. Quickly it became evident that the system wasn’t able to handle over a million requests a month, and failed under heavy load. This article discusses programming, servers, and monitoring changes that helped bring The Easy API back online and into the next level. The techniques discussed played a critical role in helping The Easy API scale to over a million requests a month and growing rapidly.

Instapaper and the Concept of Monetizing Your API

Alex Stone, April 7th, 2011

InstapaperIf you’re not familiar with Marco Arment’s Instapaper, here’s a quick break down. Instapaper is a great little service that allows you to store articles for later on your iPhone or iPad (as of this writing). Instapaper filled a huge gap. Not as high maintenance as an RSS reader, and 100% articles I saw somewhere but didn’t have the time to read.

3,000 Web APIs: Trends From a Quickly Growing Directory

Adam DuVander, March 8th, 2011
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ProgrammableWeb has reached a major milestone by adding its 3,000th web service API to our API directory. We’ve come a long way when you consider there were only 105 listed at the end of 2005. As we’ve noted previously, the growth rate of APIs doubled, which led to an influx of new services. Below are some of the trends we’ve spotted as the directory marks a new high.

54 New APIs: Wikipedia, Live Chat, Text-to-Speech and Cloud Collaboration

Adam DuVander, March 6th, 2011

This week we had 54 new APIs added to our API directory including a speech recognition service, business instant messaging software, blogging platform, event listing service and URL shortening. We looked more in-depth at some of these, including Wisconsin Transit Tracker, a Geo API for Wikipedia and Cohuman’s API Contest. Below is more detail on each of the 54 new APIs.

Instagram API Accepting Sign-ups for Public Beta

Adam DuVander, February 7th, 2011

InstagramAfter holding off for months on an official API, popular photo sharing service Instagram has opened sign-ups for a public beta of its Instagram API. With it, developers can access the 300,000 photos uploaded daily by its more than 2 million users.

The Facebook API: An Ever-changing Source of Frustration?

Alex Stone, October 12th, 2010

FacebookThe Facebook API is a great thing. Since Facebook’s launch of its API, we’ve seen some incredible applications and tools developed that help us connect and socialize. Likewise, we’ve seen a growing number of high profile companies create their own Facebook applications as well as some thriving companies generating millions with their own, original Facebook applications and games.

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