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Chris Ismael
The long wait is over!  The Mashape API is here! The Mashape API lets you query and retrieve API and user information from Mashape. With close to 2000 APIs in catalog, this opens up tons of possibilities for developers to create exciting applications.  Here’s the Mashape API test console in action: http://www.screenr.com/LIv7 We have also released a Chrome extension to demonstrate what you can do with the Mashape API. You can get it here. See a screencap of the Chrome extension here: http://www.screenr.com/bIv7 We hope to see what you can do with the API.  Let us know and send…
Chris Ismael
We are happy to announce that Spotify has added their Spotify Web API in Mashape! Spotify Web API on Mashape Spotify is the most popular music streaming service that provides content from a range of major and independent record labels. If you’re a developer looking to get a treasure trove of music-related metadata (artists, albums, tracks), you can give the the Mashape test console a spin and “preview” the responses from the “lookup” and “search” endpoints of the API. Here’s a quick screencast demonstrating the API in Mashape. We hope that this will make it easier and faster for…
Chris Ismael
This is a tutorial on how you can use the Face Recognition API in a web application using Javascript.  The Face Recognition API makes it ridiculously easy to add face recognition capabilities to your app, whether it’s web, mobile, etc.  We will use photobooth.js to take pictures from our webcam. (Make sure you have one in your machine or plugged in) There are 2 main things to remember when using the Face Recognition API.  You need to: “Train” the Face Recognition API, which means uploading a bunch of pictures that will constitute the “database” from which pictures will be recognized.…
Montana Flynn
In a shocking announcement Google has announced the end of Google Reader and its associated unofficial Google API after 8 years. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months. You can certainly appreciate the reasoning, it apparently wasn’t a popular product and drained valuable resources that could be used on products that actually turn a profit. Still many people are grieving the loss of a beloved service, while others believe with Google out…
Chris Ismael
This sample code snippet below is CORS-enabled so you don’t have to worry about cross-domain requests. $.ajax({ url: 'MASHAPE-URL', // The URL to the API. You can get this by clicking on "Show CURL example" from an API profile type: 'POST', // The HTTP Method data: {}, // Additional parameters here datatype: 'json', success: function(data) { alert(JSON.stringify(data)); }, error: function(err) { alert(err); }, beforeSend: function(xhr) { xhr.setRequestHeader("X-Mashape-Authorization", "YOUR-MASHAPE-KEY"); // Enter here your Mashape key } }); Source: https://gist.github.com/thefosk/5024297
Chris Ismael
Jacob Perkins, author of Python Text Processing with NLTK 2.0 Cookbook, and creator of Python NLTK Demos and APIs, recounts in this post how he got started in building APIs, and before his discovery of Mashape: I wasn’t sure if anyone would actually use the API, but I knew the best way to find out was to just put it out there. So I did, initially making it completely open, with a rate limit of 1000 calls per day per IP address. I figured at the very least, I might get some PHP or Ruby users that wanted the power…