The last month we’ve been working on two highly requested features we’re excited to announce today:
Mashapers can now follow each other: follow everyone! We’ve added an Hacker Feed in your Dashboard and a “Follow” button on every user profile, so you can always be up to date on what the other Mashapers are doing: for example when they publish or update an API, or when they start hacking on a new API you never heard before. Starting from today, Mashape is also a social API marketplace :)This is the first version of the feature, expect some interesting new stuff in the following weeks, like a diff tool when APIs are updated (to know what exactly has changed).
The client libraries support asynchronous requests This feature was highly requested at the TNW Hackathon sponsorized by Mashape, and now you can find it into our Ruby,Python and Java client libraries (we’ll release the new Objective-C client library the next week with built-in async support). As you may know the PHP language doesn’t support multithreading, so asynchronous requests can’t be supported. All the client libraries have been rewritten, reaching version v0.3. If you’re using the old ones, please update them. When making an asynchronous requests the execution of your program is not interrupted waiting for the response, but it keeps working and only when the response is finally received then a callback function is called. This prevents, for example, mobile applications to block until the response of a request has been received by the client, and allows to gracefully handle delays. Synchronous HTTP requests are still there, and now it’s up to you to choose the best mode.
Get rewarded with many $100 cash prizes! This is an informal and unofficial reward program announcement: You’ll get $100 for every interesting new API published on Mashape starting from today to the end of this month, and consumed regularly (at least 5 requests per day on any method) by at least three different developers (you don’t count, of course) within two months.The contest is open, claim your money by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re preparing the launch of the Beta Version of Mashape, so we’re looking for your feedbacks. We promise to reply almost instantly to any email :)
Damn! Time is flying at the speed of light; one week is already passed from the amazing TheNewWeb Hackathon and Conference.
Right, last week took live the TNW 2011 Conference in Amsterdam. I spent 4 beutiful days in such a beutiful city; people there are very sociable and nice. Most of the times, because we’re travelling for work we miss the poetry that live among us while we discover new places, we’re to focused all day on our job, but is when we leave and go back at home, that we start to have that strange emotional feel. You are missing something. You are missing the value of new poeple that you have met, you’re missing the unique athmosphere around you during those days. After all people matter, knowing new places and people gives you adreanalie, we’re social entities, is in our DNA. When you come back at home you’ve become a better man, more richness and sensibility is in you; you got more knowledge to share for the next trip and to people around you. Thanks Amsterdam for that piece of uniqueness.
Tuesday and Wednesday around 70 developers were pushing out code like snow in the winter. They were hacking on top of cool APIs (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Mobypicture, Gbanga, Mashape “tinypay.me”, Amazon, Tradeshift) to build something useful in less than 48h. Yes, Mobile and web developers, graphic designers have come from all over Europe to Amsterdam to create badass applications.
Discussing around possible APIs to use and projects.
Adam (@adamd) from ProgrammableWeb and Simon (@sicross ) from Facebook talking about the Future.
Oops, a Mashape fan! ^__^
Now lunch time. Some deserved rest.
Back into the flow!
Amazon’s CTO V. Werner (@werner) is into the flow.
Mashape’s CEO A. Marietti (@sinzone) and 3Scale’s CTO Josep (@solso) trying to be on the cover of the TIME Magazine.
Time is over, now all the devs are showing their projects to a jury composed by: Simon Cross “Facebook, Rudy de Waele “AppCircus”, Vogels Werner “Amazon”, Josep Pujol “3Scale”, Dave Winer and Adam Duvander "ProgrammableWeb".
Thursday and Friday were like rocket days because of the Conference. I have only one regret, I missed the Queens Day this year, but I swear I will never do this mistake again! ;-)
A well deserved thanks goes to all TNW team (can’t find all your twitter handles!!!) and their co-founders: Boris (@boris), Patrick (@patrick) and Arjen (@arjenschat), the dev guy Sam (@samwierema), the woman behind the scenes Sophie (@claqueur) as well as the british blond Hermione ^_^ (@hermioneway).