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Chris Ismael
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 in…
Chris Ismael
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: The Mashape crew in their “Keep Calm and Use an API” shirts! Mashape CEO and co-founder Augusto Marietti talking about the Art of Selling APIs Top 10 worst API practices from John Musser APIWorld hackathon participants! Hope to see you again next year!…
Chris Ismael
Note: Check out our latest API collections page for the list of updated APIs. If you’re a developer building an app that shows deals and promotions, this list of APIs will be useful for you: API # Title Link 1 DayWatch API DayWatch’s API provides powerful data access to real-time daily deal and coupons data in USA, Latin America and South East Asia. Search deals per country, location, category and activity. 2 BlipADeal Worldwide Deals API allows you to utilise our database of over 6 million daily deals and coupons annually from over 14 countries around the globe. We currently…
Chris Ismael
Note: Check out our latest API collections page for the list of updated APIs. Image recognition APIs allow you to build apps that let you identify objects, brand logos, products, and more, from images.  The list of image recognition APIs below come in different sizes and flavors, so do check them out! API # Title Link 1 Camfind Image recognition back-end for the popular app CamFind. Take advantage of the leading image recognition platform through an easy to use web API. 2 Vufind Recognize Vufind Recognize is a real-time image recognition API for classification and monetization of photos and videos.…
Chris Ismael
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…
Chris Ismael
  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,…
Chris Ismael
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!…
Chris Ismael
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 in…
Chris Ismael
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 companies…
Chris Ismael
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…
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