Mashape Blog

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Augusto Marietti
Everyone is building APIs these days. Most new apps/services have some kind of API, and almost every app uses at least one API. I was hacking on a project a couple of years back, and I remember one of the developers on the project mentioning that we should have an API. At that time, I thought he was crazy. We have not even launched the product, why would anyone want to use our API, let alone our App? Our app eventually failed, mostly the fault of ourselves. We out grew it, moved on to bigger and better ventures, but looking…
Augusto Marietti
Image credit: https://flic.kr/p/7RAG5D Yes. We’re looking for our first developer evangelist who will spread our voice beyond the boundaries of mankind. Job Description You should know how to code. A specific programming language is not necessary in this case, but an overall understanding of machines, code and APIs is required. You will organize and attend hackathons – you should have strong communication skills. You will inspire developers, generate content from blog posts to tweets. You should have a natural affection in helping people. You decide which conferences/summits will need to be sponsored, seed the base for monthly meet-ups around US,…
In the latest incarnation of Mashape, we’ve added a few goodies for people using modern browsers. One of those is the hover effect on the Mashape logo. We’ve found that the logo hover event is the most fired event and scales with other activity on our site. In this blog post, I’ll be going over some basics of pixel manipulation in the HTML5 canvas. HTML5 provides a lot of access to browser data that was previously inaccessible. Let’s initialize the canvas: var canvas = document.getElementById("logoCanvas"), ctx = canvas.getContext("2d"); The variable “canvas” gets the canvas element from the DOM, and “ctx”…
Augusto Marietti
Hello folks, We’re doing a friendly hackathon today, at our hacker house (South Park), the Mashape Lair. Come visit us armed with your laptop! Bring friends and hack on whatever you want. We start at around 6pm, and see how far we can go 😉 We provide free food (burgers and italian pasta) and beer. Yes, you can sleep here, we have plenty of space! We’re at 433 Bryant St. See you! Ping us hackers@mashape.com if you have any questions!  …
Augusto Marietti
Image credit: https://flic.kr/p/9mt6Nt Dear developers (API providers), Please stop fucking up your public APIs. Every week there is an API that is changing, being shut down, or malfunctioning. If this trend continues, we lose trust in using third party services via APIs, and we’ll just go back to the old way, and reinvent the wheel by ourself. Reliability and trust are the most important things for this ecosystem. We’re seeing an explosion of public APIs, so the trend is strong, but still fragile. “Next time someone asks me why I keep reinventing the wheel, it’s because the wheel does not…
Augusto Marietti
It’s incredible how things change fast nowadays. Just a year ago, our IE users were around 14%, but during the last period, it went down to almost 5%.  Firefox was dominating the scene, while Chrome is now the #1 with over more than 50% of our traffic. What’s interesting is that the usage of Chrome amongst the Mashape community is increasing month over month.

Visitor Browser Breakdown

May 2011 May 2011 Visitor browser breakdown   May 2012 May 2012 Visitor browser breakdown   Which browser do you use? 🙂…
Augusto Marietti
The Enlighten API is created by Thinkudo Labs and allows text analytics and other functionality for companies to create their own social monitoring dashboard. Enlighten API on Mashape The API is available with three different pricing plans: $10/month $500/month $1,000/month Pricing plans for Enlighten API Thinkudo Labs was founded in 2012, by a team of developers coming out from SkyScanner and Hewlett-Packard. If you want to hack on it, just sign up with Mashape using the coupon “thinkudo”. Happy coding 😉…
Augusto Marietti
Stormtroopers working on Mashape updatesImage credit: https://flic.kr/p/8ueZ5r Mashape now auto-generates Erlang clients for all APIs! Similar to other supported languages, the clients provide both synchronous and asynchronous requests. For the Erlang clients, you can provide either a function to be run on completion of the request or a Pid for a process that will send the result of the request upon completion. Downloading a client comes with all the necessary Erlang dependencies to get started – ibrowsemochiweb, as well as the Mashape Erlang application emashape which is the core common functionality between all Erlang Mashape clients. They…
Augusto Marietti
It will be a busy week! Passionate about Erlang? Come to the biggest Erlang Conference in the world on March 26-31! Mashape is proudly supporting the event, and will be a speaker during the Erlounge. Want to learn more about tools? 2600hz has organized an amazing conference. Mashape will be there as a speaker with Tristan Sloughter. Check out: http://unconference2012.eventbrite.com Hope to see you in one of these, and would we’d love to chat! We’re also hiring.
Augusto Marietti
In January, the long time leader in the photo/camera industry filled for Chapter 11 and is shutting down many divisions to stay afloat for the bankruptcy. It’s even selling more than 1,100 digital image patents to cover their continuous quarterly loss. The company has around $5.1 billion in assets but $6.8 billion in debt. Yes, Eastman Kodak, the company that has invented the digital camera and handheld camera (among other things), files for bankruptcy after having innovated for more than 130 years. The company has been struggling recently, unable to adapt to an increasingly digital world. Since 2003, it has…
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