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Chris Ismael
We have just released Unirest for node.js.  Unirest is a lightweight HTTP client library also available for PHP, Python, Ruby, Objective-C, Java, .NET, and Windows RT. After installing and setting up Unirest for node.js, you can make a simple HTTP request like this: unirest.post('http://httpbin.org/post') .headers({ 'Accept': 'application/json' }) .send({ "parameter": 23, "foo": "bar" }) .end(function (response) { console.log(response.body); }); Source: https://gist.github.com/ismaelc/7109128

Why use Unirest?

The goal of Unirest is to provide developers a consistent manner of making HTTP request calls regardless of programming language used.  We have open-sourced this library so that…
Chris Ismael
Interview transcribed below: I’m Augusto, the CEO of Mashape – the leading and largest API marketplace in the world.  I grew up in Italy and moved to US in 2010. Very cool.  So API marketplace.  This is for developers. [Correct].  I guess there’s a few competitors out there, but why do we need an API marketplace? As the world is moving to have more and more APIs, and software is moving to be more API-centric, there is now a need to unify the multiple APIs in one single place where you can find, distribute, consume, and manage them.  Kind of…
Chris Ismael
  Make your API lives easier with Postman! Postman is a powerful HTTP client to help test web services easily and efficiently. Postman let’s you craft simple as well as complex HTTP requests quickly. It also saves requests for future use so that you never have to repeat your keystrokes ever again. Check the demo video below.  And get it here.…
Chris Ismael
Thanks to our friend Mustafa Khan and everyone at Innovation Endeavors we got an early start to the weekend.  Last night DJ Effit kept the party going and chef Mark Mullan prepared the best guacamole and quesadillas we’ve every tasted.  Thanks guys! Artist George Lin dropped by Mashape’s office and created an amazing cityscape of San Francisco.  We asked our guests to sign their names and add a little color to the mural.  Looks incredible, don’t you think? Have a great weekend – party like a Mashaper! Mashape Party Wall…
Chris Ismael
As an API Marketplace, Mashape facilitates billing for API providers and consumers.  As such, we continuously strive to provide features and tools that help developers manage their API subscriptions. We are happy to announce that we are now sending usage alerts.  When you approach 80% of your subscribed plan limit, we’ll send you an email. Email Usage Alerts when API usage approaches limit   We hope that you find this feature useful in managing your API subscriptions.  As always, please feel free to send us a note at support@mashape.com if you have comments and suggestions.…
Chris Ismael
As proud contributors to the open source community, nothing makes us happier than getting feedback and support from developers who like to make things better. Shortly after we released Unirest.io, we received a ton of feedback from developers who would like to get a Windows 8 and .NET port.  Before we can even get to it, we received contributions from Michael Azarkevich and Michael Sync who ported Unirest to the two platforms.  To the two Michaels, a HUGE THANK YOU!  You rock m/ We have officially rolled them in with the rest of the Unirest libraries here.  You…
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
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
Unirest.io Yesterday, we released our newest open-sourced project, which we named Unicorn. Unfortunately, that was also the name of two existing open sourced 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…
Chris Ismael
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” Here at Mashape, we use a lot of open source. Our tech stack includes a lot of popular frameworks and libraries which have allowed us to rapidly iterate and develop what we feel is the best cloud API proxy and marketplace the universe…
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