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.
Showcase your Location app in the second edition of Foursquare Global Hackathon. CardShark, an API for Business Card transcription. Plus: RunKeeper at Quantified Self, Build an App on the human genome via the 23andMe API and 14 new APIs.
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 12 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Dwolla, Eli Lilly Clinical Open Innovation , MotorsportReg.com, Ordr.in and Pinterest. The most often used APIs this week are Dwolla, MotorsportReg.com and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Mapping (1 APIs, 1 mashups) and Payment (1 APIs, 1 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
Here is the situation: You have an API – or a set of them – and you want third-party developers to run wild with it in new and unexpected ways. The words “innovation”, “ecosystem”, “community” and “crowdsourcing” are being thrown around liberally. Sponsoring hackathons has started some fantastic conversations, but the software created during these 24-48 hour sprints never seems to make it to market. Now you’re considering running a longer virtual software competition, or challenge, to spur a higher level of engagement.
A new company is using the DropBox API to improve private, controlled sharing. A new Flickr API app on iPad looks gorgeous. Plus: run your own Hacker News API, what’s your favorite developer portal and 12 new APIs.
Our API directory now includes 93 events APIs. The newest is the Eventility API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the Eventful API. We list 46 Eventful mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of events APIs.
Evernote, one of the most popular note-taking application is back with its 2nd annual developer contest. With more than 25 million users, Evernote is inviting developers to create applications that will use the Evernote API in interesting ways, wow the judges and win big prize money along with great visibility across its large user base.
Our Mashery Developer Outreach team co-organized and participated in over 50 hackathon events in 2011. Not yet 3 months in to 2012, we’re already up to 25 and counting. All this exposure to hack events over the last 2 years has given us a lot of insight into what makes for a great hackathon. This insight also helps us – and our Enterprise/Fortune 500 customers — avoid the non-awesome ones.
Your web application is all shiny and new – it uses the perfect combination of the new cutting edge API everyone’s talking about, and a few old standbys. The only problem? You keep refreshing the page to see if something happened. You know, if someone signed up, or posted, or commented – or whatever it is your application does.
Those real-time APIs are for much more than just the sample chat applications.
This past week 10 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 17 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Biblia.com, LinkUp Job Search Engine and Localmind. The most often used APIs this week are Biblia.com, Facebook and foursquare. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (6 APIs, 13 mashups), Job Search (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Events (3 APIs, 3 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups: