POSTMAN and HTTPie to test APIs

We love working with APIs at Mashape, and we love sharing with our community new tools that make your life easier when consuming APIs. Today, we’re taking a look at POSTMAN (Free edition), a GUI powered API client and HTTPie a powerful CLI replacement (or addition) for cURL.   1. POSTMAN POSTMAN is a compelling HTTP client for APIs built by Abhinav Asthana. With POSTMAN you can consume APIs in a straightforward way, solving the complexity of complex HTTP query and parsing. You can download POSTMAN here: http://www.getpostman.com/. As the website states, this tool has been the highest rated productivity app...

Welcome our new Head of Developer Relations, Frédéric Harper

Hi API lovers, my name is Frédéric Harper, and I’m a new Mashaper. Starting in 2015, I’ll join the fantastic Mashape team as the Head of Developer Relations. A bit of background I’ve been in the tech industry for more than a decade, mostly working as a mobile, and web developer in startups. Pragmatic, with a high preference on anything Open, I’ve build softwares using many technologies. More recently, my weapons of choice were HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Since a couple of years, I’ve shared my passion about technology as a former Technical Evangelist at Mozilla, and previously, at Microsoft....

Kairos Face Detection & Recognition API now available on Mashape

Kairos, a SaaS-based startup in Miami, FL, has now made its advanced 2D to 3D facial detection and recognition API available on Mashape. The Kairos API takes the complexity out of face recognition so you can focus on building great products. Kairos brings you commercial grade face recognition without hassle; no talking to a shark salesperson in a $1,000 suit, or length contracts! Do check out the guest post below by them, and don’t forget to consume their API on Mashape! What is face recognition? At Kairos, we get a lot of questions from people about how facial recognition...

Mashape Adventures – November Recap

Mashape has been on the road a lot last month, in fact we’ve travelled over 9500 miles collectively to raise awareness around the beautiful world of APIs. AWS re:Invent 2014 As you might know Amazon organises an annual conference where they announce new Amazon products for the cloud, partnerships and also converges developers from all around the world in a large expo hall. With 13000 attendees, 400 speakers, 200 sponsors over a period of 3 days who attended the conference, this was the largest conference Mashape has ever attended! Our first trip started in San Francisco, our hometown, we managed to get 4...

API Economy: Growth of an API Hub from 0 to 100K developers & 10K APIs

We are an API Hub where over 100,000 developers can consume more than 10,000 APIs. We’ve been building this business for over 3 years, and there are a lot of things that we’ve measured throughout the process which we will be sharing in this post. Over the past 3 years, we have been working relentless to grow the API community, business and economy. We’ll be sharing some of our key metrics in this post and how we achieved them. Growth of APIs In the Mashape API marketplace, we host a variety of APIs which span across distinct categories and use cases. There...

Say goodbye to your OAuth headaches!

Open-Sourcing Mashape’s Guardian. OAuth solved. At Mashape, we support thousands of APIs. Over the years, we have learned a lot about different authentications and the complex world of OAuth. Today, we are happy to officially release Guardian.js, the open-source gatekeeper that removes the OAuth dance with a single request. In the past, the community has shown lots of love and support for our previous open-source projects: OAuthBible and Unirest.io. As we continue to develop new API tools, we’ll continue to share our work with the developer community! We hope you like it, The Mashape Team...

Image & Video OCR API SemaMediaData joins Mashape

SemaMediaData – a startup that offers Image & Video OCR API based on cutting edge multimedia-processing technologies, is now on Mashape! Do check out the guest post below by them, and don’t forget to consume their API on Mashape! SemaMediaData technologies serve as cornerstone for various innovative applications as e.g., automatic video annotation, video indexing, video browsing, content-based video search engine, social media mining etc. Image OCR provides functionality for detecting and recognizing text content from video frames and images. It differs from a conventional print OCR engine which is designed for a high resolution scan of printed documents with...

API Crafters Meetup!

Last week, we organized our first API Crafters Meetup since the move to our new office, and it was awesome to see so many people interested in APIs showing up. Lots of stories were shared during the networking session, and it was heartwarming to hear different war stories and implementations from various perspectives. The first speaker was Tyler from Klout. He explained in detail how Klout consumes other APIs to generate data to power their own API, which in turn generates a never-ending loop of data being exchanged between platforms. @harmophone presenting the KLOUT API architecture at the first @mashape meetup! #awesome #api pic.twitter.com/AvI5smSJ39...

Global Hack featuring Mashape at NTT DoCoMo in Tokyo, Japan!

Last weekend, NTT DoCoMo Innovation partnered with Mashape and hosted Global Hack. Global Hack is one of the first hackathons in Tokyo, where Japanese developers spent the weekend hacking to win a trip for 4 to Silicon Valley. Although hackathon culture is just beginning to develop in Japan, the event was well received. Final presentations were done in true hacker spirit; with no slideshows allowed, and featuring only demos of the hack to judges. The most creative hack I saw was a stuffed animal controlled by a phone that could recognize your voice, face and tell you the weather. It...

Dota2 vs. League of Legends – API war

Dota2 vs. League of Legends – Which do you prefer? Here at Mashape we love online games, most Mashapers are avid online gamers, we all have our favorite style and secret strategies to beat our enemies online. Of course we love to take sides, we love joking around about Marco’s camping skills on Counter Strike, and Nijiko’s pride in last hitting creeps. Whether FPS, RTS, MOBA or MMO, we’ve probably played it at some point or another! Today I would like to talk about MOBAs, and more specifically League of Legends (LoL) and Defense of the Ancients 2 (DoTA2),...