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In our continuing “Hello World of APIs” tutorial series we are looking at the Yahoo Weather API that provides the latest weather information. As with our previous tutorials, we will detail what a developer needs to know to understand the API and build an application that integrates with it.
Ten APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Augmented Reality, Weather, Voice, and Mapping. Highlights today include Houndify API, which enables voice commands for applications, and Velocity Weather API from Baron. Here, we summarize the new additions.
IBM has announced that it is acquiring the digital and data assets of The Weather Company in a deal reportedly worth more than $2 billion. The acquisition will hing on IBM's ability to create value by applying Watson to The Weather Company's data to create predictive weather analytics solutions.
IBM Insight Cloud Services constitutes a new data analytics service that offers API access to internal business data in conjunction with Twitter and Weather Channel content.
Google Maps API makes it possible for The Weather Channel to tap into the power of crowd-sourced data to make its weather maps more accurate.
Twelve new APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory as well as iOS, Node.js and Ruby client libraries for Weather Underground API.
Seven APIs have been added to the directory including 4 recent Twinword natural language processing offerings. Also added were 2 new libraries for the National Weather Service.
We've added APIs to Transportation, Home Automation, and Enterprise categories today as well as U.S. Dept. of Labor SDKs and code samples.
Travelport has expanded its Universal API for availability in India. Iteris enhances its ClearPath Ag cloud platform with an expanded API.
Samsung and the Tizen Association recently made the Tizen Software Development Kit for Wearables available from the Tizen developer web site. The SDK supports any wearable running Samsung's Tizen operating system, but that's an extremely limited number of devices at the moment, with just the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches filling the space.
There are a number of ways to discuss API popularity. Our metrics are based on developer engagement. The "track" functionality on ProgrammableWeb lets developers declare an interest in receiving updates on particular APIs. Which APIs and categories are seeing the most activity.
Stormpulse, a weather intelligence company, has launched a risk management solution (i.e. Riskpulse) which includes an API that third parties can integrate with existing systems: the Pulse API. Riskpulse moves beyond weather related risks to business. Riskpulse constitutes a comprehensive risk management solution that delivers insight into crime rates, travel alerts, environmental risks, and more.
World Weather Online, global weather forecast content provider, has added to its already impressive suite of weather APIs: World Weather Ski and Mountain API. World Weather Online content is already incorporated into many websites and apps. Its Ski and Mountain API is directly targeted at those needing ski-specific conditions information. Metrics such as chance of snow, snowfall, precipitation, wind speed, and other conditions specifically targeted at a viewer with plans to head for the slopes are readily available through the new API.
The Coolclimate Calculator helps end users calculate their carbon footprint--and look at tools for reducing it. The API allows integration of the survey into third party apps.
The Scout API, by T3, enables 3rd parties to take advantage of the context the company brings to advertising. Added to location sensitivity, which has been employed by the likes of Walgreens and others geofencing their stores, Scout brings weather, time, speed and orientation. Scout joins a list of 274 advertising APIs in our directory. Public documentation is unavailable; interested developers can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few months ago, ProgrammableWeb announced the release of Heroku’s Platform API, which allowed developers to integrate the Heroku platform with third party applications and services. Now, Heroku has launched a public beta for OAuth 2.0 support for the Platform API. OAuth 2.0 support allows developers to control service needs as opposed to offering full service access to all user accounts.
The SolarPlots API provides a new data tool to track where the sun will be in any given location in the US (and adjacent parts of Mexico and Canada) for any specific date and time or series of dates. The sun plotting search tool could possibly be used by photographers needing to know best times to shoot twilight scenes, for sun-bathers wanting to book the best time on a hotel rooftop, or home buyers wanting to calculate how much direct sunlight their new property may get. Developers could use the app to scale up such individual needs or to add sun-loving contextual information to a location-based app product.