API Spotlight: Nobel Prize, Deal Engine, and Smart911Connect APIs

Matthew Scott
Feb. 22 2013, 03:03PM EST

Of the many APIs we published this week, twelve were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those twelve, which include the SongMeanings API. SongMeanings is a social entertainment platform that allows users to follow their favorite artist and search/ debate the underlying lyrical meaning of songs. The site boasts over 1,800,000 licensed tracks, all of which encourage their users to contribute any lyrics the site does not have. The SongMeanings API makes the database accessible to developers who can retrieve song meanings by song ID numbers. To learn more about the SongMeanings API visit the SongMeanings site as well as the SongMeanings API blog post.

Nobel PrizeHave you ever wished you could receive more information on Nobel Prize winners? The Nobel Prize API makes this information available to developers by providing each recipients year of winning, their affiliation at the time of winning the award, and birth date data. More general searches of the different Nobel Prize categories supports browsing through winners if a single winner isn't in mind. To learn more about the Nobel Prize API visit the Nobel Prize site as well as the Nobel Prize API blog post.

Property SolutionsRenting and managing properties is a tedious process, sometimes aggravating, that could use a more simplistic approach. The Property Solutions API gives developers access to the some functionality the Property Solutions site uses to simplify the renting and managing process. The API specifically allows developers to create and update sales and customer records, manage accounts receivable transactions, update the availability of properties, and track maintenance issues. To learn more about the Property Solutions application and API, visit the Property Solutions site as well as the Property Solutions API blog post.

CeloxisCeloxis is project management platform that is extremely customizable and can be integrated with iCal, Google Calendar, and Microsoft Outlook. The Celoxis API actually allows the developer to integrate their own software, which can create issues due to the vast possibilities of code and code preference. Code can be written in PHP, Java, and .NET.  The main functionality of the program is an interactive Gantt Chart that allows the normal project management functionality. To learn more about the Celoxis API visit the Celoxis site as well as the Celoxis API blog post.

BalancedThe Balanced Payouts API, from online solutions provider, Balanced, provides developers next day ACH (Automated Clearing House) deposits. ACH processes large volumes of transactions in batches, with each batch being represented by the previous day. With a mere 25 cents charge for deposits into other bank accounts, the Balanced Payouts API is an easily integrated and relatively cheap ecommerce solution. It also validates bank accounts. To learn more about the Balanced Payouts API visit the Balanced site as well as the Balanced Payouts API blog post.

AfterShipAftership is a company catering to the smaller retailer by providing their customers with shipping updates. Instead of the smaller store actually sending the updates themselves, the Aftership API allows the Aftership system access to the stores shipment log. Then it is all up to the store to decide when a notification should be sent as the API takes care of everything else. Only 10 API calls are allowed per minute, so the smaller retailer is limited. To learn more about the Aftership API visit the Aftership site as well as the Aftership API blog post.

PropersPropers is an esthetically pleasing way to ask customers for a testimonial. Businesses simply create a Propers page and then link it to all other social media platforms. Once the positive or negative testimonials become evident the user can then decide which testimonials are shown on their Propers page. The Propers API makes it possible for developers to use data from the Proper site. Primarily the ability to search a name through a third party app to see what someone is saying. To learn more about the Propers API visit the Propers page as well as the Propers API blog post.

DealAngelOne engine that helps customers find the cheapest deals on hotels, DealAngel, has launched the Deal Engine API. In a nut shell, the Deal Engine API is a guardian angel for any site outside of its own. A user can go to any hotel booking site and request rates for a certain date, the site then sends those rate to Deal Engine via the API, and then Deal Engine gives the user to verdict on the best deal. Although the API is currently in beta mode, it should match the site functionality. To learn more about the Deal Engine API visit the Deal Engine site as well as the Deal Engine API blog post.

TwitterTwitter has announced an addition to its API suit with the Twitter Ads API. The Twitter Ads API allows developers to integrate twitters advertising functionality into their applications so users can build Twitter Advertising campaigns. Furthermore, not only does it allow advertisers to manage and optimize campaigns on Twitter, it also allows them to manage them across different channels. To learn more about the recent release of the Twitter Ads API visit the Twitter Site as well as the Twitter Ads API blog post.

TryPaperTryPaper allows users to eliminate physical printing needs by completely outsourcing printing through what it calls a "real cloud printer." Basically users can print material through a TryPaper printing facility via the cloud. The TryPaper API allows developers to integrate this functionality into their applications so they can print directly from the application to a TryPaper printing facility. To learn more about the relatively new TryPaper company and its API, visit the TryPaper site as well as the TryPaper API blog post.

APIs can save lives, something that Smart911Connect is proving to first responders. The API suit allows citizens to create Safety Profiles that contain details about the location and layout of their home, known medical condition, and etc. When someone is distress calls 911 first responders automatically gain access to this information and much more through the suit of APIs Smart911Connect employes. To learn more about the Smart911Connect API visit the Smart911Connect site as well as the Smart911ConnectAPI blog post.

Bongo InternationalHave you ever found a product online, tried to buy it, then found out that you couldn't get it shipped to you because it was an international location? Bongo, and the Bongo API, makes international cross border eCommerce transactions a reality. Bongo simply provides buyers with a US and EU address so when a product is bought it can be shipped to the local address where bongo will then ship it to the desired address internationally. The API just makes this functionality available for integration with other applications. To learn more about the Bongo API visit the Bongo site as well as the Bongo API blog post.

Matthew Scott Matt is a finance major at the Lundquist College of Business. He currently manages his own portfolio with aspirations of becoming a certified financial planner in the near future. To connect with Matt, please visit his Google+ and LinkedIn profiles.

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