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Web-enable your Research/Project with an API Posted 11 months ago

This post is intended to help data scientists and engineers who in some capacity have implemented routines/algorithms/data that does a specialized function (e.g. machine learning) using a dynamically typed language, such as Python.  The goal is to web-enable these routines/algorithms using an application programming interface (API).  

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List of 25+ Natural Language Processing APIs Posted 11 months ago

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Natural Language Processing, or NLP, is a field of computer science, artificial intelligence, and linguistics concerned with the interactions between computers and human (natural) languages.  

Here are useful APIs that help bridge the human-computer interaction:

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25 Useful APIs for Book Discovery Posted 11 months ago

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We are proud to be part of the first Publishing Hackathon!  The organizers of the Publishing Hackathon are inviting designers, engineers, programmers, an entrepreneurs to spend 36 hours together in teams to developer a new approach to digital book discovery.

The Publishing Hackathon will take place on May 18th and 19th at The Alley NYC, the leading digital co-working space in New York. The participants will be briefed by a cross-section of book publishing leaders, and then will form teams to create apps, websites, programming or businesses that can address the issue of book discovery in  this rapidly evolving landscape. At the end of the weekend, a team of judges from publishing, technology, media and venture capital will identify the 3 to 5 most promising finalists from dozens of teams participating.

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Unicorn has become Unirest Posted 11 months ago

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Yesterday we released our newest open source project, which we called unicorn, unfortunately that was also the name of two existing open source projects. We really dropped the ball and have been working hard to clean up the mess.  Our apologies to anyone in the Ruby or Python community who was confused or pissed off.  Hopefully you can look past our mistake and see the value in this project.

Since yesterday we have decided on a new name, Unirest, which we think is a great fit for the project. We also made a new website, changed out all the docs, and updated our website which autogenerates unirest API snippets.

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Releasing Unicorn into the wild Posted 11 months ago

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UPDATE: We’ve got a lot of comments and suggestions on the ‘Unicorn’ naming. We apologize for the confusion and are working on finding a new name. Have a suggestion? Tweet us @mashape

UPDATE #2: We picked a new name, unirest.io is up and running.

UPDATE #3: Check our latest post on “Unicorn has become Unirest

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Yoda teaches APIs Posted 11 months ago

Into APIs now, Yoda is…  

Consuming Machine Learning APIs with Python Posted 12 months ago

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In this short tutorial we will use Python in our Mac Terminal to consume one of the Machine Learning APIs in this list.  Let’s pick DuckDuckGo.

DuckDuckGo lets us define people, places, things, words, and concepts.  It also provides a list of related topics.  This is very useful if you want to get some context on a certain text.

Although we’re picking DuckDuckGo, note that the steps below also applies to the rest of the APIs in the Machine Learning APIs list, and all Mashape APIs.  That means you can swap in and swap out APIs for your applications easily.

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List of 40+ Machine Learning APIs Posted 1 year ago

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Wikipedia defines Machine Learning as “a branch of artificial intelligence that deals with the construction and study of systems that can learn from data.”  

(If you arrived here looking how to add or list an API to Mashape, you check out the Tutorials section here).

Below is a compilation of APIs that have benefited from Machine Learning in one way or another, we truly are living in the future so strap into your rocketship and prepare for blastoff.

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Another Google API bites the dust. Posted 1 year ago

In a shocking announcement Google has announced the end of Google Reader 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 of the way innovation will be much more likely occur.

The problem many developers face is that they depend on the unofficial Google Reader API to power their own apps and software. This isn’t the first time Google has killed a widely used API, as many developers experienced when they shut down their unofficial weather API unexpectedly last August.

To all the developers relying on Google Reader to power your own apps and software, all hope is not lost. Already many different people are working on providing a replacement for Google Reader, including an open source clone of their API. In then end it seems that the silver lining in all of this will be a more diverse ecosystem freeing developers from being tied down to a single power like google.  The future looks bright indeed.

About The Author

Montana Flynn has been making the web a better place his entire adult life. Recently hired as the Growth Hacker here at Mashape where he will be conducting human experiments in order to better serve and attract API developers and consumers. 

We Heard You Like Documentation, So We Put Docs in Your Docs Posted 1 year ago

It’s a pain to keep different versions of API documentation up to date and synchronized, so we are rolling out a new feature: Embedded Documentation from Mashape.

If you are an API provider, you can embed the documentation of an API on Mashape to your website using our embed code.

Step 1: Go to your API Admin/Documentation

Step 2: Copy and Paste the Code onto your website.

For now it’s static, dynamic test console is coming soon, stay tuned!

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