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W3C Launches Web of Things Working Group for IoT Standardization and API Development

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:36:48 -0400

The W3C has launched a Web of Things Working Group to explore standardization among a growingly disparate market force. The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to pick up speed among industries across the board, and without a current standardization methodology, the W3C, among others, sees unhelpful fragmentation.


What is a Webhooks, Push-Styled API and How Does It Work?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:14:54 -0400

This is the first part of our series on push technologies. In this part we will provide a primer on Webhooks and look at real-world APIs that support this style.


HelpSocial Releases New Version of its Open API

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:35:45 -0400

HelpSocial, a social media and messaging integration platform provider, has announced the launch of an updated version of the HelpSocial Open API. The new HelpSocial Open API is modularly built and has been enhanced for improved performance, scalability, and security. The API provides access to all capabilities of the platform.


How Industry Standardization Will Impact Data Access

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:29:58 -0400

Third-party financial app developers are currently challenged with a lack of data access standardization, which creates hurdles for consumers when it comes to sharing and accessing financial data across services.


How and When to Use Various API Authentication Methods

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:55:57 -0400

There are three standard ways to manage API authentication these days: API keys, OAuth tokens and JSON Web tokens (JWT). Adam Duvander over at the Zapier engineering blog explains how and when to use them.


Daily API RoundUp: Mozilla, Zoho, Scrumwise,

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:46:15 -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.


Zapier’s New Platform CLI Allows Integrations to be Built From the Command Line

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:06:25 -0400

Zapier, an Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) provider, has launched a new command-line interface (CLI) tool that allows developers to build Zapier integrations from a command line. The newly launched Zapier Platform CLI is based on Node allowing developers to build apps for Zapier entirely with JavaScript, and use their preferred NPM (Node Package Manager) libraries.


Daily API RoundUp: Meditrics, Art Beat, World Air Quality

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:05:40 -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.


EquipmentWatch Announces an API for the Heavy Equipment Industry

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:13:48 -0400

EquipmentWatch, a data and software provider to the heavy equipment industry, recently announced its new EquipmentWatch API. EquipmentWatch describes the API as "the only API serving the content needs of the construction equipment, lift/access and agricultural equipment markets." The API gives users the ability to integrate the functionality of the popular EquipmentWatch Web app into third party applications.


Android O Packs New APIs Galore

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:08:27 -0400

Google has released the first developer preview of Android O, and it's chock full of new APIs. Google plans to test the platform for up to six months before the public release, so developers have plenty of time to learn all the ins and outs of Android O.


Xbox Clubs API Expected to Enhance Social Features of Xbox Live

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:58:56 -0400

Windows Central has reported that official Xbox developer documentation was leaked that indicates an upcoming release of an Xbox Clubs API. The API is anticipated to give developers access to Xbox Live's Club system.


Twitter's Periscope Producer API Targets Video Creation Across Apps

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:56:31 -0400

Twitter today announced the Periscope Producer API, which will give third-party apps the ability to authenticate Periscope accounts and let people -- and brands in particular -- push live video from just about anywhere. The idea is to make it easier to share video from one device and/or app to another while also reducing pain points for broadcasters and end users. 


How Organizations Get the Most Value From APIs

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 18:37:36 -0400

It’s no secret that APIs are becoming vital to businesses’ success. But there’s still a secret as to how to have success with APIs. A new study from CA Technologies asked 1,770 large enterprises across the world what they’re doing with APIs and got some insight into who has success and why.


MuleSoft Makes Debut As Public Company After IPO on NYSE

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:46:06 -0400

Today, San Francisco-based MuleSoft made its debut as a public company on the New York Stock Exchange (disclosure: MuleSoft is the parent company to Ahead of the IPO, the company priced its shares at $17 and closed its first day of trading at $24.75.


NodeSource Certified Modules for Node Now Generally Available

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:42:34 -0400

NodeSource, an enterprise-grade tools provider focusing on the continued support of the Node ecosystem, has announced that NodeSource Certified Modules for Node are now generally available.


Major Live Streaming API News Expected from Twitter

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:05:09 -0400

Buzz amongst tech media suggests that Twitter will soon announce a wider push into live video through new API partnerships with select media companies.


Social and Financial Among the Most Popular API Categories

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:44:20 -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 overall growth chart with other charts getting updated on a less frequent basis. 


Daily API RoundUp: SmartSurvey, stampd, Symphony

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:27:59 -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.


Hayo Smart Home Device Includes Developer API

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:55:12 -0400

Hayo, connected home solution provider, recently announced that its smart home device will include a Hayo API for developers to tap into. The API gives developers the ability to "receive events" from virtual remote controls. Once received, the API can trigger a subsequent action through third party apps and devices.


How PactSafe Gives Developers Innovative eSignature Alternatives

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:06:12 -0400

As a developer, you might have gotten the request at some point to add "electronic signature" (eSignature) to the apps that you're building. It could be with uploaded documents, accepting Terms of Service when signing up, or assembling a document on the fly. I'm here to tell you that it doesn't have to suck to build this kind of solution (or integration). It may not be why you think, though—most developers don't know that there are many different ways to enter into a legally binding agreement digitally.


ProPublica Introduces Vital Signs App and API

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:12:33 -0400

ProPublica, a non-profit, independent investigative journalism organization that focuses on public interest, has introduced the Vital Signs API, the API that powers the new Vital Signs Web app. The Vital Signs Web app provides information for more than 1.3 million U.S. healthcare providers.


Agora Launches SDK to Add Filters to Live Video

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:43:37 -0400 has launched a new SDK that enables developers to add face tracking and special effects to real-time video and live streaming apps: Agora Virtual Lenses. The SDK includes virtual lenses, filters and over 600 sets of 2D and 3D stickers that enhance the user experience. Like Snapchat filters for enhanced social media experiences, Agora Virtual Lenses can augment any in-the-moment video content.


Daily API RoundUp: SAP Anywhere, Heat Intelligence, VirusTotal

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:02:05 -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.


Google App Engine Adds .NET Support As It Races to Be The PaaS of Choice

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:45:22 -0400

Python? Check. Ruby? Check. Java? No problem. Node? Got it. PHP? Roger that. ASP.NET Core? No sweat.  Wait? ASP.NET too? 


ProgrammableWeb API Directory Eclipses 17,000 as API Economy Continues Surge

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:28:12 -0400

The ProgrammableWeb directory eclipsed the 17,000-API mark in the first quarter of 2017 and this milestone gives us a chance to look at what the data can tell us about the API economy. Since 2005, we've seen APIs grow from a curiosity, to a trend, and now to the point where APIs are core to many businesses. APIs have provided tremendous value to countless organizations and developers, which is reflected in their continued growth.


How to Use APIs and a Data Integration Layer to Manage SaaS Silos

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:03:49 -0400

As business computing migrates to SaaS applications, developers (and those whom they represent) must address the problem of the data silos the software creates. For example, a business might use a marketing automation system, a separate CRM, and a lead generating system, each of which addresses a specific need, but collectively creates a fragmented data model.


How reCAPTCHA Can be Bypassed Using Google's Speech Recognition API

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:23:08 -0400

A researcher has found a vulnerability in the latest version of reCAPTCHA that could potentially let spambots bypass reCAPTCHA fields across millions of sites. Catalin Cimpanu over at Bleeping Computer has the details.


Daily API RoundUp: Voysis, Radar,, Minio

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:34:07 -0500

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.


Three Common API Design Mistakes and How to Overcome Them

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:15:54 -0500

Jason Harmon, head of APIs at engaging forms tool Typeform, and namesake of the JSON schema, gave a fantastic proactive talk at a recent APIdays conference about “the things that break stuff in production.” Three things in fact.




Acquisition of Stormpath Exemplifies Dangers of Using Startup APIs

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:11:14 -0500

Okta, an enterprise identity management platform provider, has acquired Stormpath, a startup that provides an API for implementing user management capabilities in websites and applications. Stormpath co-founders Alex Salazar and Les Hazlewood along with the Stormpath team are joining Okta to help accelerate the development of its identity platform for developers.