This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 10 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Wikipedia and Panoramio. The most often used APIs this week are Google Maps, WordPress.org and Zazzle. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Photos (2 APIs, 2 mashups), Blogging (1 APIs, 2 mashups) and Shopping (1 APIs, 2 mashups).
In February, Morgan and Claypool Publishers released a 54-page unfinished work by Aaron Swartz on A Programmable Web. It begins with a focus on the architecture of the web, and moves on to “what it means to build a program on top of the web.”
As Facebook is one of the major players and MessageMe is a new kid on the block, you would expect that the latter would be intimidated, if not crushed, by any direct attack from the social giant. In this case, it doesn’t seem to be so. Despite Facebook recently cutting off MessageMe’s access to the Facebook Friend Graph, the newcomer has since grown in popularity and managed to raise $1.9 million.
Photo Hack Day 4 erupts April 6th, and runs nonstop through the weekend. The first Photo hack Day brought together photographers, web designers, photo editors, and computer scientists for the first image-centric hackathon. Since the original 200 hackers threw together almost fifty mashups in a single weekend (two years ago), Photo Hack Day has blossomed in number, creativity, and excitement as it readies itself for a fourth rendition. Lead sponsors Aviary and Facebook look forward to “[a]nother full weekend of photo centric awesomeness.”
Image processing probably isn’t the most exhilarating part of creating a website, and a tool that could take care of all of that would definitely be appealing. Blitline is a cloud based image processing platform that works on a pay-as-you-go basis. The Blitline API allows users to submit thousands of jobs to be processed and pushed to their online photo storage service, using a simple JSON interface.
The combined knowledge of an entire company’s staff can be a powerful tool in productivity and moving forward. Many systems exist that aim to help businesses make knowledge sharing within an enterprise a streamlined process, but a lot of them may lack that ’something’ that motivates the staff to actually participate. Deskarma is a knowledge sharing solution that also includes game mechanics and a scoring system that is aimed at motivating staff to get involved. The Deskarma API allows developers to use this functionality and integrate it with other applications.
This week we had 30 new APIs added to our API directory including an email marketing service, a music distribution and licensing service, an application management platform, a push notification service for applications, an image processing service and an application building and backend service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
For mobile developers looking to launch a full-featured app fast, a mobile backend provider makes sense. Newly wide open Moblico is hardly new to the task. The company has been serving up the mobile backend of big companies since 2009. Now any developer can get started with the Moblico API to launch apps, with access to the features built explicitly for customer requests. Users, location and deals are among the areas covered by the new APIs.