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Chris Ismael
Mashape demo at Gluecon Last week at Gluecon 2013, we had the opportunity to show some cool demos that demonstrate the breadth and sophistication of APIs you can discover and use in Mashape.  We focused on Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Sentiment Analysis APIs. Below are links to demos shown during the presentation, as well as links to relevant news and references that point out to the growing popularity and importance of machine learning in the API realm. Enjoy!

Demos and APIs

World chat with local translation (using Mashape + Firebase) – http://worldchat.io/# Twilio phone…
Chris Ismael
After we posted the list of NLP, Sentiment Analysis, and Machine Learning APIs a while ago, we noticed that some API descriptions require a little bit of digging into, to fully appreciate what these APIs can do.  Here’s an example: Text analysis API including wordnet synsets,relation extraction,named entity recognition and classification,lemmatization,part of speech tagging,tokenization, and semantic role labeling.  If you’re not familiar with these words, you could totally miss the features that this API is capable of. To help with that, we have listed below an explanation to some of these words in the NLP/Machine Learning context; as…
Chris Ismael
It’s been a while since we announced a new feature from Mashape, so we’re very excited to announce this one:  Secret Parameters and Headers for API providers. What is a Secret Parameter/Header? A Secret Parameter or Header are fixed key-value that is added to the request coming from the Mashape proxy to the API provider. Only API providers can set these values in their API. API providers can set secret parameters and headers What is it useful for? One particular useful use-case for them is where developers have to sign up for separate accounts from the API provider and Mashape
Chris Ismael
Mashape is taking part in two upcoming hackathons.  We would like to thank our API partners who are offering free access or mini-prizes for the iCreate Mobility Challenge 2013 (Singapore May 17th) and APIDays Mediterranea (Madrid, May 30).  See bottom for the list of APIs and their offers. For the hackathon organizers: please consolidate your participants’ Mashape IDs and send them a message in Mashape  BEFORE your hackathon.  This will give them ample time to enable access to their private APIs to your participants. If you are a Mashape API partner and interested to offer free access to your…
Chris Ismael
Here are some APIs that crack us up here at Mashape, as well as those that we like to show off to friends 🙂 API # Title Link 1 Portrait 3D API provides software developers with a technology to create animated facial models based on photos. 2 Yoda Speak API Turn your sentences and webpage into Yoda-speak! 3 ERMAHGERD Translator API This translates text to ERMAHGERD. 4 Gender Guesser API Guess whether a first name is of male or female gender in the USA. 5 l33t sp34k API Want to sound like a hacker? Translate text to and from l33t…
Chris Ismael
San Francisco – May 8, 2013 – Mashape announced today it had been selected as a finalist for Red Herring’s Top 100 North America award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the North American business region. Red Herring has been selecting the most exciting and promising start-ups and “scale ups” since 1995. Finalists are still evaluated individually from a large pool of hundreds of candidates based across North America. Twenty major criteria underlie the scoring and process. They include, among others: the candidate company’s addressable market size, its IP and patents, its financing, the…
Chris Ismael
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Ten API Commandments:

Thou shall not use oauth 1.0 Thou shall not kill an API Thou shall not deprecate endpoints Thou shall document thy API Thou shall not return XML Thou shall be RESTful Thou shall not use SOAP Thou shall notify developers of changes Thou shall make it easy to get API keys Thou shall distribute on Mashape…