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ShopAdvisor API Version 3.0 Now Generally Available

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:50:03 -0400

ShopAdvisor, a mobile proximity marketing and intelligence platform provider, has announced that version 3.0 of the ShopAdvisor API is now generally available. The API allows developers to build applications that can make online-to-offline retailer oriented queries. These queries can then be used to provide information for mobile marketing campaigns.


Join ProgrammableWeb in Austin for some IPAs over APIs

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:13:46 -0400

Are you based in or near Austin, Texas? Well, if you are, I hope you'll be able to join me on Thursday, August 24, 2017 for an impromptu meetup about application programming interfaces (APIs) while sampling some IPA beers!  The beers are on MuleSoft (parent company to ProgrammableWeb) who is hosting the event and it should be a fun time for all.


5 Lightweight PHP Frameworks for REST API Development

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:55:00 -0400

To develop a REST API in PHP quickly and easily it’s a good idea to use a lightweight PHP framework. Developing your own from scratch with plain PHP, apart from being a pain and taking too much time, is likely to require a lot of testing and deviate from REST standards. Ankur Kumar over at Find Nerd takes you through the top five PHP frameworks to make your life easier when creating a REST API.


Why ProgrammableWeb Refers to a Javascript API as an SDK

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:50:06 -0400

A few years back, ProgrammableWeb had four directories; the API directory (what ProgrammableWeb is famous for), the Mashup (app) Directory, a directory of mashup source code that was discovered elsewhere on the Web, and a resource directory that was a mish-mash of anything else that could be helpful to API practitioners (developers, providers, etc.).


Daily API RoundUp: CheckMobi, Home Assistant, Pike13

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:07:23 -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 Chrome 61 Beta Includes Web Share, WebUSB, Payment Request APIs

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:56:08 -0400

This week Google announced that the beta version of Chrome 61 will support a number of new APIs. The Payment Request API is an API standard from the W3C that Google integrated back in May. The API provides a process layer which enables purchases from third-party websites within Chrome in an effort to make payment checkouts easier.


Postman Adds Multi-Region Support to Monitoring Feature

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:14:56 -0400

Postman, an API development environment provider, has announced that the Postman monitoring feature now includes multi-region support allowing developers to run API tests from selected geographical locations. The company has implemented regional monitoring so that it mirrors the Amazon Web Services (AWS) stack.


Joberate Opens API Access to Job Seeking Data Analytics Platform

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:56:30 -0400

Joberate, a talent search and people analytics technology platform, announced new API access to its platform. The Joberate platform provides unique data and metadata regarding job seeking behavior of people around the world. Traditionally, Joberate has offered access to its platform in a SaaS model.


Should Freedom of Speech Be Entrusted to Artificial Intelligence?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:47:11 -0400

In all my life, I cannot recall when the norms and laws regarding our constitutional rights to freedoms of speech and press have been so tested. In my opinion, it's quite normal for the boundries of these freedoms to be constantly tested and for the government to push back. But the new normal seems egregiously chilling to me. What if anything does this have to do with APIs? Read on. 


In Other API Economy News: Uber App Raises Security Questions and More

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:01:54 -0400

The week is in full gear and we bring you a review of the stories we couldn’t cover with a look at what what going on in the world of APIs. We start with AssemblyAI which has released an API for customized speech recognition. As we’ve mentioned numerous times, speech has become an important interface with any number of products including the Amazon Echo, Google Home, Siri and Cortana being put into the marketplace to meet growing consumer demand.


Why Forcing LinkedIn to Allow Scrapers Sets a Dangerous Precedent for the API Economy

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:15:18 -0400

Last night, I thought my work day was over as I was doing one last scan of the interwebs when I saw it. Usually, a one word tweet -- "Whoa" -- isn't enough to get my attention. It could be anything. But it came from Sam Ramji, now working in developer relations at Google and formerly of Apigee and Cloud Foundry; someone that I know is not easily surprised. My work day apparently wasn't over.


Daily API RoundUp: Microsoft Azure IoT Hub, IncFact, Sygic Travel

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:43:54 -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.


Use A Weather API? You Could Win Big!

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:11:39 -0400

Do you use or plan to use a weather API in the near future?  If so, we would love to hear your thoughts on the landscape of Weather APIs on the market.

While we would hope that the resulting improvements in Weather APIs that come from your input would be enough incentive, we understand it never hurts to sweeten the deal a bit. So for completing the survey, we’ll enter you into a drawing for a $250 Amazon gift card!


Plasticity Moving Two New NLP APIs to Public Beta

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:58:29 -0400

Plasticity, an AI-based natural language processing (NLP) solution provider, is scheduled to move its two latest APIs (Lingua Dialogue Engine and Brevis Summarizer) from private to public beta soon. Lingua provides access to "human-like" NLP responses to questions and intents. Brevis provides "extractive or abstractive summarization" of text from articles or other sources.


Google Cloud Speech API Updates Include Word-Level Timestamps

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:38:48 -0400

Google has announced updates to the Cloud Speech API which include the addition of word-level timestamps, support for long-form audio files up to three hours long, and support for 30 additional languages.


7 Rules to Follow for REST API URI Design

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 19:24:11 -0400

REST APIs use URIs to address resources. While they’re known as opaque identifiers (meaning you shouldn’t read too much into them), there are better and worse ways to write URIs. Guy Levin over at RestCase has formulated a set of design rules for API URIs that you should keep in mind to make things easy for your API clients.


Daily API RoundUp: Flinks, Semaphore CI, ReadyCloud

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 17:07:01 -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 Cybercriminals Take Advantage of Chat APIs and What To Do About It

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:00:11 -0400

Cybersecurity solution provider Trend Micro has issued a report that highlights how chat platform APIs can and are being used by cybercriminals to achieve their nefarious objectives. Because of the degree to which Webhook APIs are involved (an API attack vector not previously discussed on ProgrammableWeb), the warnings and incidents should serve as a wake-up call to API providers and developers when it comes to the sorts of best practices and ongoing vigilance it takes to fully secure their customers and systems.


Want to Take Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies as Payment? There's an API for that

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:31:04 -0400

Overstock has announced the integration of its online marketplace with ShapeShift to offer customers use of all major cryptocurrencies. ShapeShift is a cryptocurrency exchange platform that allows users to swap between leading blockchain assets.


CloudRail's Universal API Now Supports Xamarin

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:13:21 -0400

CloudRail, API integration provider, has released a version of its unified interface product for Xamarin, a popular web and mobile app building platform. Xamarin pitches itself as a user friendly platform to build cross-platform applications. CloudRail positions itself as a single API/SDK provider that enables users to access a multitude of other popular APIs (e.g.


Twitter Kit 3 Expands to Unity

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:50:32 -0400

Earlier this year, Twitter introduced Twitter Kit 3 as the first standalone SDK version of Twitter Kit. The original launch was limited to Android and iOS. Twitter has now expanded Twitter Kit 3 to Unity. With the announcement, Twitter hopes to add a new social element to games of all kind.


Financial APIs Have Seen Two Growth Spikes

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:22:04 -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.


What is an API Fragment?

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:35:30 -0400

An API fragment is a portion of an API specification, which is why understanding it starts at the API specification level. An API spec consists of a plan of how your API should look structurally – like a blueprint of a house.


Add Programmable Voice to Your Node Apps with Express

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:48:59 -0400

This tutorial explains how to make and receive phone calls with Node and the Nexmo Voice API. With Nexmo's Voice API, you can build high-quality programmable voice applications in the cloud and handle tasks such as managing outbound and inbound calls in JSON, recording and storing calls, creating a conference call, sending text-to-speech messages in 23 languages, and so on.


Daily API RoundUp: Gavagai, JW Player, cdnjs, Beyond Verbal

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:57:53 -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 Stalled Obamacare Debate Could Hinder Healthcare API Progress

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 17:46:01 -0400

As issues that dominate the mainstream headlines go, there is perhaps no single issue that is more dominant than the desire of Republican politicians, from President Trump to the US Congress, to enact some sort of sweeping change or repeal of the American Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Perhaps immigration and North Korea run a close 2nd or 3rd.


Vantiv's triPOS Cloud Payment Processing API Now Generally Available

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 14:30:41 -0400

Vantiv, a payment processor solution provider, announced that its cloud-based API for payment processing, triPOS Cloud is now generally available. triPOS allows for real-time payment processing for ISVs' and merchants' point-of-sale transactions. The solution includes enterprise grade safety and security in a hosted platform.


Apple May Add Service Workers Support to WebKit

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:28:43 -0400

It appears that Apple may be working on adding service workers support to WebKit.


Zynx Health Offers API That Supports FHIR Standard Data Format

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:18:42 -0400

This month, Zynx Health introduced the availabilty of an API whose data format conforms to the standard data format for FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources).


In Other API Economy News: Migrating From Flash on Facebook and More

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:12:00 -0400

We head into the weekend with a review of the stories we couldn’t cover with a look at what what going on in the world of APIs. Leading off is news from edge cloud platform, Fastly. This week they introduced a batch API for surrogate key purge. Surrogate keys let users of Fastly tag related assets such as images, audio, and copy and then purge them in a single request.