We have covered Web scraping before. As the amount of data that can be captured from the web increases, developers increasingly need a way to handle huge quantities of data downloads from the internet, both structured as well as unstructured. The basic underlying problem in creating custom scrapers is that websites often differ in the basic variety of formats, so a scraper that runs smoothly on some websites may return junk results on other websites.
Our API directory now includes 152 tracking APIs. The newest is the YouTracker Icon Creator API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Airbrake API. We list 2 Airbrake mashup. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of tracking APIs.
Chris Sheldrick, CEO of the London-based company what3words, has taken a novel approach to the task of navigation with a new API. Sheldrick’s idea stems from the logistical difficulties he encountered while working internationally in the music business. During that period in his career, Sheldrick was faced with coordinating the rendezvous of dozens of people in remote locations. Despite his best efforts at communication, people would still find themselves calling one another on the day of a meeting, seeking clarification on the location of the meeting place.
The API Ratings agency aimed at instilling greater trust amongst businesses entering the API economy is set to be unveiled early in 2014. Co-founder Jonathan Bourguignon presented at APIdays Paris last week to discuss the need for the crowdsourced service and told ProgrammableWeb more about the roadmap to launch.
With morning sessions now completed at day one of APIdays Paris, themes are already beginning to emerge. As the API economy matures, it is reflecting the same growing pains that wider industry has had to adjust to over a long period of time. Two of the key words being heard so far today are “reuse” and “cross-region”.
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.
Mind42, a mind mapping web application, has launched the Mind42 API. Mind mapping is a process that collects ideas and then arranges them in a graphical way. The tree or star-like graphical depiction that Mind42 creates illustrates the connection between different ideas or topics. The Mind42 API allows developers to access, create and edit maps on Mind42 from third-party applications.
Intuit’s Quickbooks online API gets an update. Searchlight, the first search marketing API, is launched by Conductor. Plus: API management invasion, interest is growing in the OpenMP 4.0 Standard API, and 12 new APIs.
After months of anticipation and eager watching from the sidelines by developers across the board, Pinterest has begun releasing access to a new suite of API endpoints aimed at building strong business relationships and generating value flow to Pinterest end users. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Pinterest Head of Developer Relations, Jason Costa, about the new APIs. We also spoke with Jinny Kwon, from Random House, about how they created a recommendation engine with the Pinterest APIs.