API

API Security – Buy or Bake?

It is not uncommon to see APIs being served using the “http://” protocol and it’s sad, real sad. So sad that every time I see it, I feel like crying. I remember going to a hackathon few months ago and the idea of a location based Tinder-like app for LinkedIn popped. The question of whether we would let people sniff data flowing through the ether was raised almost immediately. What if people could tap into your stream over insecure WiFi? The decision was easy. We would implement a secure layer which we would allow the app to communicate with...

Three Ways API-First Development is the Future of Web Development

Over the past decade their have been a number of different web development paradigms. As the craft of web development has evolved so have the ways of designing and structuring software architecture. API First design is an approach to software development that emphasizes building components of your application as APIs. This approach has a number of advantages: 1. Separation of Concerns API First design is the formal separation of the front end from the back end. For instance Mashape.com is separated into two github repos, one for the front end and one for the back end, which interact through...

Introducing API Glossary by Mashape

  When it comes to APIs, there’s a lot of jargon out there. The meaning of certain terms isn’t always obvious, and API providers sometimes use different ones to refer to the same thing. That’s why we created an API glossary. It contains the terminology we use on our site and in our documentation, as well as related words and common acronyms. If you’re just starting out with APIs, you can get the foundational knowledge you need to dive right into API use, design, and development. If you need to explain APIs to a non-technical, instead of mumbling something...

Mashape was at the largest hackthon ever – LAHacks!

Mashape was at the biggest #hackathon ever! LAHacks was phenomenal, and we made sure to document the fun. Also our very own Montana Flynn gave a presentation on Making APIs that Developers Love. Check out the slides!...

10+ Bitcoin APIs for the Revolution

Looking to smash fiat currency? Aspiring to be the next Tim Draper? Or just want to include the cool new distributed payment system in your next app? We can help. Check out these APIs that tap into the power of Bitcoin. Bitcoin Average - Get a weighted average from Bitcoin exchanges around the world. Includes different currencies and exchange volume. Coinbase - With more than 1,000,000 consumer wallets Coinbase is one of the largest Bitcoin exchanges, and you can use that power in your services through this API. Bitcoin Exchange Rates - A reliable and free API for finding BTC exchange rates into common currencies. Bitcointy - See...

VerticalResponse Joins Mashape

In our fast paced world smart marketers need a tool to quickly create and send professional looking emails.   Mashape is proud to have Vertical Response, a leading email campaign suite, join our community. VerticalResponse helps you create and send great email campaigns.  It makes contact and list management easy, allowing you to create contacts, group them into meaningful lists, and use these lists to send targeted email campaigns.  The VerticalResponse API lets you interact with the platform the same way the application does.  For example: Create an application to keep the contacts in your CRM in sync with VerticalResponse;...

Next Caller, Advanced Caller ID, joins Mashape

Like everyone, we hate calling customer support centers.  After making your way through a labyrinth of support options, wouldn’t it be great if the service agent already knew your name and address?  If you manage a service center or develop tools for caller ID systems, our newest partner can make this a reality.  Mashape is proud to partner with Next Caller, an Advanced Caller IDSM for businesses. With over 220 million records on file, Next Caller is your company’s secondary database.   By linking U.S. phone numbers, both mobile and landline, to names, addresses, and emails, Next Caller will save...

Vizago 3D Face Recognition API joins Mashape

There are numerous use cases for manipulating 3D images; however, finding a quality application has always been a challenge, until now.  Mashape is proud to partner with Vizago, a leading face recognition technology company.  Using a single 2D facial photo, Vizago creates full 3D facial reconstructions in OBJ format. Vizago’s patented Morphable Model Technology enables you to model and manipulate faces in real 3D, as well as create realistic 3D reconstructions of faces from a single user photo.  With the Vizago API you can create 3D representations when developing computer game characters, avatars, and medical simulations.  Vizago is also great...

AYLIEN Text Analysis Joins Mashape

We know that working with text can be difficult at the best of times.  Ultimately, giving your readers what they want in the cleanest format ensures repeat consumers.  When we discovered AYLIEN, an incredibly intuitive Natural Language Processing (NLP) solution, we knew their API would be a welcome addition to our community. Based on NLP and machine learning algorithms, AYLIEN is focused on creating simple yet intelligent applications in the news and media space.  Their API allows you to quickly extract basic data like headlines and the body of text from a document; additionally, it offers a summarization service,...

ZUMATA Travel API Joins Mashape

Are you building the next incredible travel platform, or perhaps need to enhance your current travel backend tools?  Mashape is pleased to offer ZUMATA’s real-time pricing, availability, and worldwide booking capabilities. ZUMATA is a B2B SaaS company focused primarily on meta-search, loyalty companies, and online travel agents to improve their operations.  Featuring over 300,000 global hotel properties, with an emphasis on directly sourced agreements in Asia, ZUMATA’s API will maximize your profits per sale. The global travel API offers huge content and easy integration.  By consuming their API through Mashape you’ll have access to Search Hotels (returns hotel rates...