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Online reference, blog and news source for the Web as Platform. Because the world's your programmable oyster.


Daily API RoundUp: Databricks, Glome, Hyphenate, PotCoin, Digify

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:41:03 -0400

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


How to Access Any RESTful API Using the R Language

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:35:45 -0400

R is an excellent language for data analytics, but it's uncommon to use it for serious development. This means that popular APIs don't offer software development kits (SDKs) or how-to guides for analysts working in R the way they do for other more popular languages like Python or Objective-C (for Apple's iOS). This is a how-to guide for connecting to an API to receive stock prices as a data frame when the API doesn't have a specific package for R.


Body Labs Introduces SOMA Shape API for 3D Model and Measurement Prediction

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:33:23 -0400

Body Labs has launched its SOMA Shape API. SOMA provides a backend server that can predict a 3D model and digital measurements based on a single photo and a person's height, weight, and gender. The SOMA Shape API allows third party apps to easily connect to the SOMA backend.


MapQuest is Retiring its JavaScript Maps API

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:16:35 -0400

MapQuest has announced that the MapQuest JavaScript Maps API, both Licensed and Open, will be retired on June 5, 2018.


Payza Bitcoin SendMoney API Enables Bitcoin Payments Beyond the Payza Network

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:58:50 -0400

This week, Payza announced its new Bitcoin SendMoney API. The new API allows merchants to send Bitcoin payouts to recipients who don't necessarily have a Payza account. The API is similar to Payza's established SendMoney API, which was created to send payments without the need to log in to a Payza account.


In Other API Economy News: Bullet Streaming Query Engine, Bot Defense for APIs and More

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 21:02:22 -0400

Today we offer a review of the stories we couldn’t cover with a look at what what going on in the world of APIs. We start off with news that Yahoo is open sourcing Bullet, a new streaming data query engine that lets users run ‘look-forward’ queries.


AT&T Expands Access to Mobility API Portfolio

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:54:47 -0400

AT&T recently announced expanded access to its mobility API portfolio for AT&T partners. The APIs let user partners pause/restart a particular service, manage billing, run reports, manage inventory, and manage customer plans. According to AT&T, solution providers using AT&T's platform spend 85% of their time on account management, reporting and billing. AT&T hopes expanded API access to such services will reduce that number.


Daily API RoundUp: CMaps Analytics, Mogol, Everypixel, Third Party Trade, HighLine

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:40:20 -0400

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


Postman 5.0 Includes Pro Features for Free

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:40:34 -0400

Postman, an API development environment provider, has announced the release of Postman 5.0 which includes Pro features for free. Postman users with free accounts now have access, with usage limits, to Pro features such as mock servers, API monitoring, documentation generation, and the Postman Pro API.


PotCoin Payment API Offers Access to Cannabis-Targeted Cryptocurrency

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:18:24 -0400

PotCoin, cryptocurrency provider specifically designed for the cannabis industry, has announced that the PotCoin Payment API is now fully accessible to developers. When states began legalizing marijuana, federally regulated banks were hesitant to open accounts for cannabis industry players for fear of the unknown legal consequences.


MapQuest Announces Release of MapQuest: An Interactive JavaScript Mapping Library

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:50:26 -0400

We're excited to announce the release of the successor to our Leaflet Plugins, MapQuest! Built with Leaflet v1.1.0 integration, MapQuest provides all of the power of the MapQuest geospatial platform combined with the elegance of the open-source Leaflet mapping library.


How New Relic Limits API Overloading

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 15:45:15 -0400

Limiting API usage is a standard technique to avoid overloading your server or database at critical times. It’s not always so easy to manage without annoying API clients. Ben Weintraub over at the New Relic blog explains the techniques the analytics company developed to limit resource usage and how it dealt with a mysterious issue that threatened to overload the API.


Why Microservices May Not be Right for Your Growth Stage Startup

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 14:48:37 -0400

Microservices are all the rage these days. But does your startup really need them? Most likely not, says Adam Drake over on his blog. They should only be used when your monolith gets so complex making the app just more modular won’t cut it.


Daily API RoundUp: SpeedCurve, SuperAwesome, Wordbee, Eclipse Stardust, JSON fiddle

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:42:02 -0400

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


Box Announces Pre-Built UI Components Via Box Elements

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:02:22 -0400

Box has announced the general availability of Box Elements, a new set of modular, pre-built UI components developers can use to add elements of the main Box web application to web and mobile applications. The set currently includes four pre-built UI elements: Box Content Preview, Box Content Picker, Box Content Explorer, and Box Content Uploader.


Distil Networks Launches Bot Defense for API

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:48:50 -0400

Distil Networks, a bot detection and mitigation solutions provider, has announced the launch of Bot Defense for API, a new solution that protects API servers from bots by determining whether a browser is present, and if a human is using a verified browser or mobile device to gain access.


Elastic Beam Launches Machine Learning-Based Solution For Securing APIs

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:11:41 -0400

To date, API security has been one of the most vexing issues for API providers. ProgrammableWeb has chronicled the details of many breaches, most of which could have been avoided had it not been for a human oversight of one sort or another (or in some cases, just plain old poor judgement).


API Providers With the Most SDKs and Sample Code Listings

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 17:03:37 -0400

Editor's note: Be sure to check out our research on the overall growth of Web APIs since 2005. At the time of writing, this is the most recent data we have, but check the research page to see if we have a more updated article. We will be continually updating the growth chart.


Allfunds Announces Upcoming API Platform

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:57:06 -0400

Allfunds, a mutual fund distributor, announced a new API Platform aimed at the wealth management industry. Allfunds created the platform for its wealth management clients to build innovative customer experiences and in turn generate new revenue streams. Allfunds is already Europe's largest fund platform, and wants to extend its reach by becoming a trusted Fintech partner for its large and growing customer base.


How Akamai Improved Their API Documentation

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:28:22 -0400

Akamai has made leaps and bounds in its API documentation since its early days. Mike Sierra over at the Akamai Developers blog explains how they improved the accuracy and consistency of their API docs in recent years.


Daily API RoundUp: GDELT, Hubstaff, Healthgraphic, Matroid, Exceed, Microsoft Power BI

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 18:04:45 -0400

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


Tips for Successful Alexa Smart Home Skill API Certification

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:51:18 -0400

With Alexa’s growing popularity, developers across the world are building skills to connect the Amazon device with smart home devices through the smart home skill API or a custom model. Amazon has seen issues with some submissions for skill certification.


Finxact Announces the Availability of its Open Core API

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 14:19:01 -0400

Finxact, a Core-as-a-Service banking technology, today announced the availability of its Open Core API, which is available through its sandbox. The Finxact Open Core API is transparent and granular, enabling banks to have full access to their customer data.


PandaScore APIs Deliver Access to E-Sports Data

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:54:16 -0400

PandaScore is a statistics and data hub for e-sports. Through its two APIs, the REST API, and the Live API, PandaScore delivers the same level of data currently available for live sports for digital leagues across sports and genres. PandaScore is currently working with some of the world's best known leagues (e.g.


Why Improbable Ditched REST for gRPC

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 13:45:11 -0400

REST and JSON are the bread and butter of developers creating web APIs. Once apps reach a certain size, though, the lack of type safety and other issues start to grate. Michal Witkowski and Marcus Longmuir over at Improbable (the company that recently raised $500m) explain how they learned to stop loving REST and move to gRPC. 


Daily API RoundUp: Jenny, Jibo, Synthesio, Mighty AI, Zoomph

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 11:34:59 -0400

Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.


Open Banking Launches Accounts and Transaction Information and Payments Initiation API Specs

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 15:12:33 -0400

Open Banking, an organization set up by the UK Government’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to enable customers to control and share their financial data, has launched two API specifications; Accounts and Transaction Information and


Kubernetes 1.7 Includes API Aggregation at Runtime

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 14:58:37 -0400

Kubernetes 1.7 was just released, and among the typical features announced with new releases (e.g. stronger security, more storage, etc.) came some interesting API news. To improve the overall extensibility of Kubernetes, 1.7 includes API aggregation at runtime. At a high level, this feature allows users to add APIs to their cluster.


Why We Built Our New Developer UI on React Instead of Angular

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:13:57 -0400

We launched v1 of the Cloud Elements integration platform back in 2013 — a product that has served our customers and our company's growth well over the past few years. But it's 2017, and web technologies have evolved quickly in turn causing user expectations to evolve even faster. It was time for us to rethink the overall developer journey and that provided an opportunity to rethink our technology stack too.


Everypixel Launches API Access to Image Search and Aesthetic Filter

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 14:55:16 -0400

Everypixel announced API access to its flagship product, a combination between image search engine and aesthetic filter. Everypixel uses AI, based on neural networks, to teach its tools nuances among vast amounts of images. The developer community, frustrated with the quality of stock image quality, have been particularly fond of Everypixel and requested API access.