Best Buy joins Mashape

Mashape is proud to introduce Best Buy to our fast growing community of world-class developers and API providers. Best Buy is focused on connecting customers, employees and businesses through access to in-depth information about specific products and categories.  The company embraces developers and encourages them to build smart and helpful tools; ultimately, enhance a customer’s shopping experience. The Best Buy API provides full category and product information to over 1m current and historical products, including up to date pricing.   Don’t forget reviews.  With the API you get access to all product ratings and reviews.   Need to find the closest...

Unirest library for .NET platforms has been unified

We’re happy to announce that the Unirest library for .NET and RT (“windows 8”) has been merged!  This was possible thanks to Lionel Ringenbach’s contribution Lionel is a C#/XAML developer based in Switzerland.  He enjoys developing for Microsoft platforms (mobile, tablets, desktop).  He loved to code because “it is the most creative tool that has been given to me – you think, create, and make everyday a better day!” We’ve asked him to write the post below.  Enjoy! The Unirest HTTP request library was ported sometime back for the classic .NET platform and WinRT.  They were packaged in 2...

30+ ways to make REST calls in Node.js, PHP, Python, Rails, Obj-C, .NET, and Java / Android

Here’s a list of resources on how to make REST calls in different languages.  (We also have this list of 40+ tutorials on how to create an API in different languages). If you dabble with one or more of these languages in your different projects, we highly recommend that you check out Unirest.io, an open source lightweight HTTP client library.  It’s goal is to provide a consistent way for developers to make HTTP calls across different languages (node.js, Ruby, PHP, Java, Python, Objective-C, .NET) If you have suggested additions to the links below, please tweet to @mashape and we’ll...

Create and monitor your own API tests with APImetrics

David O’Neill, CEO of APImetrics, shares with us his insights on the importance of monitoring your API’s health. APImetrics is a set of web-based tools that make it easy to create, manage, and schedule complex API tests, even those requiring authentication. Q: What are some examples of crucial data points that developers should track when they want to monitor the performance of their APIs? Uptime – obviously.  A lot of people have a telecommunications ‘mindset’ of “5 nines” or 99.999% uptime… whereas the reality of most web APIs is 99% or worse.  Or to put that in another perspective...

PAYMILL Online Payments joins Mashape

Do you need a payment gateway that can process up to 100 transaction currencies and over 23 payout currencies?  We’ve got your solution! Mashape is proud to have PAYMILL join our community, one of the leading and most dependable payment service providers in Europe.  The PAYMILL API provides merchants with an easy-to-use payments solution that is quick to set up and widely available.  With minimal effort the API enables you to customize a checkout experience according to the flow of your website. Available in 39 countries, plus, with no monthly costs – only transaction based, we think you should...

List of 35+ Image APIs for fun and profit

Got images to analyze, modify, sell, or recognize? Or do you need generate images?   These Image APIs might help: Wallpapers - Download high-resolution wallpapers for any common screen size from InterfaceLIFT.com Imgur - Imgur’s API exposes the entire Imgur infrastructure via a standardized programmatic interface. Using Imgur’s API, you can do just about anything you can do on imgur.com, while using your programming language of choice Face Recognition - Stephen here from Lambda Labs. For sample code and a graphical demo, check out http://api.lambdal.com/docs. Our API provides face recognition, facial detection, eye position, nose position, mouth position, and gender classification CamFind - Image recognition back-end...

List of 50+ API for PDF generation, manipulation, and conversion – APIs & libraries

If you deal with PDF in your applications, you might find this list useful. Textibility - Textibility provides a simple, REST API for extracting information from images and documents in a number of formats and generating images and documents from structured data. With a simple, clean HTTP interface and some clever processing we can quickly and easily unlock information captured in photographs and file uploads. SwissKnifeDocs - This API can convert documents into another document format. You can convert documents into images too , or you can simply fill the “merge fields” inside your .docx or .doc document and convert it...

Connect your SQL database app to the web with Zazler

We had the opportunity to “email” interview Rudolf Osman, CEO of Zazler, to get his insights on the challenges facing developers when rolling out their own APIs, and the trend of APIs in general. Zazler is a backend for web and mobile apps that saves developers from having to write server-side code.  It works as a server facilitating database queries between the application’s frontend and its database. Q: What are the circumstances where developers need to create their own API? With web APIs the circumstances can vary a lot depending on the purpose of the API. We have experience...

How to integrate Mashape APIs with Parse as Cloud Modules @ParseIt

Parse is a backend-as-a-service (BAAS) platform that lets you focus on building your applications without worrying about server and infrastructure maintenance and complexities.  If you haven’t heard or tried Parse before, I encourage you to try their Quickstart here to get an idea of how the BAAS paradigm works. This post shows an example of a Mashape API integrated with Parse through Parse Modules.  Parse Modules are libraries that Parse developers import into their app to use certain functionality offered by 3rd-party APIs.  Once your API is turned into a Parse Module, it will be easier for developers to...

Thank you all for joining us at API World 2013 #APIWorld13

It was great meeting everyone at API World!  We had a whopping turnout of 1000+ developers and delivered tons of tracks.  Next year will be bigger! Here are a few pictures from the 2-day event: Hope to see you again next year!...