API Launchpad companies at #APIWorld13

At API Launchpad yesterday in APIWorld, 6 companies launched their new APIs.  Check them out below (and links to their presentation slides too!): Drillster provides an online memorization platform. By using a scientifically proven algorithm, Drillster allows users to memorize learning material quicker and more easily. Moreover, Drillster accurately predicts for each individual user when the proficiency has dropped below a pre-set level, triggering users to brush up. Its core functionality is easily integrated into learning management systems, but can be used as a standalone product as well. [Slides] If you like to cook, you probably get many recipes...

#DataWeek API Strategy session @ Fort Mason

This morning I did a session on API Strategy – A Developer Perspective at DataWeek.  I derived the contents mostly from Daniel Jacobson’s “APIs: A Strategy Guide”  (I gave it a bit of a twist by focusing on the developer’s perspective of the API value chain). It’s interesting to note that the term “API Strategy” is being discussed on the web, started by none other Daniel himself, when he declared that businesses should be looking at APIs as a ‘tactic’, instead of a strategy.  You can check out his post here.   The discussion reeled me in and got...

Machine Linking connects with Mashape

  Machine Linking has developed a multilingual SaaS platform that performs semantic analysis of textual documents.  By interfacing with their API, developers can connect unstructured documents and short pieces of text, written in different languages, to live and up-to-date Semantic Web resources such as DBPedia or Freebase. The API features language detection, keyword and entity extraction, disambiguation and linking, concept tagging, and content enrichment; it also returns relevant information about each entity, such as types, images, definitions, synonyms, and translations, extracted from a proprietary and internally maintained knowledge base. Machine Linking is available in over 30 languages, including English, Russian, Portuguese, Polish, Spanish, German, Turkish, French, and Italian. Mashape is...

API World Is One Week Away!

API World is just around the corner; thankfully, tickets are still available to this amazing event.  Get your tickets now!  You don’t want to miss one of the many workshops, plus 2013’s largest API Hackathon.  Over 1200 developers have registered for the conference! API World is the first large-scale conference and expo with a goal of organizing the new API Economy.   The event’s mission is to be neutral and facilitate connections, knowledge, trust and business within the developer community of API providers and consumers.  If you’re a coder, a startup, or an enterprise that consumes or provides multiple APIs...

CamFind it on Mashape

Image Searcher, the creators of CamFind, have developed the very first mobile application that can photograph, identify, and provide information on any object a user desires to learn about. The CamFind API enables a user to take a photograph of any two or three-dimensional object and have the image accurately analyzed and defined within seconds.  CamFind then provides the user with access to informative and useful sites pertaining to the image. CamFind’s intent screen displays results for the following modules: Internet search results, related and similar images, price comparisons and online shopping, related places and address finder, and if...

Hella Hack Oakland (Sept 28 – 29, 2013)

Hella Hack Oakland welcomes all music lovers, code wizards and people with big ideas to come build the next generation of music applications and technologies.  This first ever music hackathon in Oakland will happen on Sept 28th – 29th 2013.  Register now! Prizes: Finalists will be chosen to present in a special session at the SF Music Tech Summit on Oct 1st, where one team will be chosen to receive the Grand Prize of $1000. Mashape is also a prize sponsor offering prizes from API partners.  Check them out here.  We’ll see you there!...

Amtera Semantic Relatedness API now available on Mashape

Semantic flexibility and approximation are a fundamental part of intelligent behavior that semantic applications are expected to deliver. The Amtera Semantic Relatedness API provides an easy-to-use service, which supports applications accessing a large-scale distributional knowledge base.  The API’s core operation is to calculate the semantic relatedness between pairs of text excerpts based on the likeness of their meaning or semantic content.   By incorporating semantic approximations and disambiguation functionalities, Amtera can differentiate between a movie star and a star cluster or galaxy. The service is optimized to support the high throughput needed for industry applications.  Currently the service is available...

Want to Tango with Mashape?

Tango Card is pioneering the next generation of rewards programs in enterprise.  The Rewards as a Service API, or RaaS, is helping companies drive real business results.  With Tango you can easily send and track rewards and gifts to your customers and employees.  Real rewards are a critical part of any business strategy – whether customer loyalty, customer acquisition and retention or employee engagement. Tango’s API lets you elegantly connect their sophisticated rewards program into your own platform; plus, you can add the option to send rewards directly from within your own app increasing its stickiness.  RaaS is helping...

List of 40 tutorials on how to create an API

Here’s a useful list of resources on how to create an API, categorized by programming language. (We also have a post on 30+ ways to make a REST call in different languages) As an API Marketplace, Mashape helps developers discover, consume, distribute, and monetize private and public APIs.  We hope that the tutorials below would help you in your API journey. (If you’re looking for examples of APIs, check here for a list of face recognition APIs) Node.js http://flippinawesome.org/2013/09/23/easy-api-scaffolding-with-simple-api-and-node-js/ http://blog.modulus.io/nodejs-and-express-create-rest-api (May 2013) http://synthmedia.co.uk/blog/basic-nodejs-api-with-restify-and-save (May 2013) http://webapplog.com/tutorial-node-js-and-mongodb-json-rest-api-server-with-mongoskin-and-express-js/ (Jul 2013) http://thewayofcode.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/how-to-build-and-test-rest-api-with-nodejs-express-mocha/ (Apr 2013) http://webapplog.com/intro-to-express-js-simple-rest-api-app-with-monk-and-mongodb/ (Apr 2013) http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14990544/how-to-best-create-a-restful-api-in-node-js (Feb 2013) http://erichonorez.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/how-create-a-rest-api-with-node-js-and-express/ (Feb...

Google Rank Checker (WhereStand API) on Mashape

Do you have time to check and keep track of your Google rankings?  We imagine you’re slammed like us, so we’re glad to have WhereStand’s API join our community. WhereStand is a powerful search engine rank-monitoring app.  Their API checks, tracks and analyzes your Google rankings; plus, it helps automate the reporting aspect of your SEO.   Of particular interest, WhereStand has built-in alerts, activity recording, CSV reports, custom metrics, analytics, multi-user management, and competition tracking. Save yourself some time and try the WhereStand API, now!...