The web connects us, it enables our ability to share the content that matters most. The web is not just text, it is pictures, music and video. Yet as programmers we are used to considering the response of APIs as text that can be parsed by a machine in a format we can read ourselves. We are used to JSON. But APIs are the gears that connect us to the services that underly our favorite content, to Facebook videos and Tumblr images.
Now, Mashape enables a whole new generation of APIs with support for binary input and output.
An Application Programming Interface (API) is a set of programming instructions and standards for accessing a Web based software application or web tool. Since we founded Mashape
, “The first API Marketplace
”, I thought it would be interesting to share some numbers and major players of this new API market.
API word cloud
A bit of History
is a very old concept; but API in the cloud, accessible everywhere by anyone, the so called Open API, is a completely new story. In 2000, the first company that embraced this route was Ebay, pushing out some API to…