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Call Mashape APIs in your Windows 8 and .NET applications Posted 10 months ago

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As proud contributors to the open source community, nothing makes us happier than getting feedback and support from developers who like to make things better.

Shortly after we released Unirest.io, we received a ton of feedback from developers who would like to get a Windows 8 and .NET port.  Before we can even get to it, we received contributions from Michael Azarkevich and Michael Sync that ports Unirest to the two platforms.  To the two Michaels, a HUGE THANK YOU!  You rock \m/

We have officially rolled them in with the rest of the Unirest libraries here.  You can also check out this Unirest Windows 8 tutorial.  We’d like to get more feedback on them, and if you find something’s amiss, send us a pull request ;)

Releasing Unicorn into the wild Posted 12 months ago

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UPDATE: We’ve got a lot of comments and suggestions on the ‘Unicorn’ naming. We apologize for the confusion and are working on finding a new name. Have a suggestion? Tweet us @mashape

UPDATE #2: We picked a new name, unirest.io is up and running.

UPDATE #3: Check our latest post on “Unicorn has become Unirest

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Another Google API bites the dust. Posted 1 year ago

In a shocking announcement Google has announced the end of Google Reader after 8 years.

So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.

You can certainly appreciate the reasoning, it apparently wasn’t a popular product and drained valuable resources that could be used on products that actually turn a profit. Still many people are grieving the loss of a beloved service, while others believe with Google out of the way innovation will be much more likely occur.

The problem many developers face is that they depend on the unofficial Google Reader API to power their own apps and software. This isn’t the first time Google has killed a widely used API, as many developers experienced when they shut down their unofficial weather API unexpectedly last August.

To all the developers relying on Google Reader to power your own apps and software, all hope is not lost. Already many different people are working on providing a replacement for Google Reader, including an open source clone of their API. In then end it seems that the silver lining in all of this will be a more diverse ecosystem freeing developers from being tied down to a single power like google.  The future looks bright indeed.

About The Author

Montana Flynn has been making the web a better place his entire adult life. Recently hired as the Growth Hacker here at Mashape where he will be conducting human experiments in order to better serve and attract API developers and consumers.