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Mashape Updates: Mashape API Usage Alerts

As an API Marketplace, Mashape facilitates billing for API providers and consumers.  As such, we continuously strive to provide features and tools that help developers manage their API subscriptions. We are happy to announce that we are now sending usage alerts.  When you approach 80% of your subscribed plan limit, we’ll send you an email.   We hope that you find this feature useful in managing your API subscriptions.  As always, please feel free to send us a note at support@mashape.com if you have comments and suggestions....

Mashape Updates: Secret Parameters and Headers

It’s been a while since we announced a new feature from Mashape, so we’re very excited to announce this one:  Secret Parameters and Headers for API providers. What is a Secret Parameter/Header? A Secret Parameter or Header are fixed key-value that is added to the request coming from the Mashape proxy to the API provider. Only API providers can set these values in their API. What is it useful for? One particular useful use-case for them is where developers have to sign up for separate accounts from the API provider and Mashape.  Having these values allow API providers to set a...

API Terms & Conditions Page in Mashape

You can now set up a Terms & Conditions page for your API in Mashape. To write the Terms & Conditions page for your API, just go to your API Admin page and click on the “Terms and Conditions” tab: Remember to set the Visibility to “Public” then hit Save.  It would then appear in your API profile page under “Terms and Conditions”...

Important Changes to Mashape Authorization Keys

What? In our effort to improve the way keys are handled in Mashape, we have changed the naming and more importantly the way keys are used in Mashape.  This is an important change so we recommend that you read on. When? This change is immediate and is reflected NOW in your Mashape account (e.g. Dashboard, Mashape keys, test console, client libraries, etc) Where? After receiving feedback regarding the trouble and complexity of generating an authorization hash from your Mashape private and public keys, we decided to change and improve the way these keys are interpreted and generated.  One of...

Introducing the “Consume with Mashape” embed button

You guys are gonna love this.  We now have a Mashape button that you can use on your page to link back to your Mashape API profile page. We even let you customize the button color and icon! To get your Mashape button, go to your API Profile page and click Admin. We hope you’ll use the new Mashape button for your landing pages and developer documentation pages.  Let us know if you do!  We’d love to hear about it – Facebook and Twitter....

Report and Track API Issues in Mashape

We just released a new section in the API profile page called “Issues” that would allow developers to report an issue or open a discussion with the API owner regarding his/her API. Developers can open an API issue by navigating to “Issues” on the left-hand side panel of the API profile page, and clicking on “New Issue” button on the upper-right hand corner. You can then proceed to type in the Title and Description/Comment for your issue and click “Submit” when done.  At this point, the API owner will see that the “Issues” navigation panel section will be highlighted...

“Getting Started” section for your API

One of the top requests we get from API providers in Mashape is to add a section where they can go beyond just plain text when providing more in-depth information about their APIs (e.g. introduction, usage guidelines, sample codes, etc).  This requires a level of formatting that simply cannot be achieved with just plain text. Also, having information in one place, as opposed to having several browser tabs open to read through the API usage information, can be quite a time-saver. We have added a “Getting Started” section for your APIs in Mashape.  It supports GitHub Flavored Markdown. You...

Get Notified by Email when your API is down

We just launched a small yet very important feature – an email notification to the API provider when the API is down.   This feature is in line with our commitment to provide API providers with the necessary tools to keep them on top of things, and be able to react quickly to their developers when the API is down (e.g. send out a message to acknowledge the downtime, issue out a fix, etc). If you wish to turn off the notification for your API, you can do so by navigating to your API Admin -> Settings: We hope...

Mashape Updates #14 – Status snapshot display for APIs

We have just rolled out another cool feature in Mashape – the Status snapshot display of Mashape APIs   This “quick glance” information provides both app developers and API providers with useful information such as whether the API is currently online or offline, average uptime, latency, and the same data spread out for a week on a graph.  The Status display is a huge timesaver (and will complement your good old debug and log outputs) in scenarios such as: Planning – e.g. “What average timeout value should I set in my application to consume this API?” Historical Analysis – e.g....

Mashape Updates #8 – Login with your username

While we are working hard on lots of big features for the upcoming version of Mashape, we’ve pushed out a small change that was highly requested. Now, you can finally login using your email or your username (case insensitive) Stay tuned.. something big is about to happen!...