Today In APIs: CA buys Layer 7, Spotbros API and 20 New APIs

Romin Irani
Apr. 23 2013, 03:00PM EDT

Another API Management Vendor, Layer 7 is bought by CA Technologies. Mobile Messaging Platform Spotbros extends the reach of its platform by launching API. Plus: Why Developers are turning to API services and 20 new APIs.

CA buys API Management Vendor Layer 7 Technologies

Close on the heels of Intel buying Mashery, comes the news that another API Management vendor has been acquiredLayer 7, a provider of API Management and Security services for cloud and on-premise has been acquired by CA Technologies. The press release states that the acquisition of Layer 7 will enable CA Technologies to manage and secure the API marketplace with leading technology that complements its current Identity and Access Management suite.

Mobile Messaging Platform Spotbros Launches API

Spotbros, the popular messaging application has launched its API to extend the reach of its platform beyond just users communicating with each other. The API enables developers to create applications dubbed SBApps that the users can interact with via the familiar messaging interface. Since its launch over a year ago, Spotbros currently has 2 million registered users sending 2 million messages per day and more than 70% of its users are based in Spain. To get started with the API, visit the Developer Portal.

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20 New APIs

Today we had 20 new APIs added to our API directory including a standardized healthcare code reference service, a minecraft plugin repository access service, an auto insurance policy and claims information service, a crowdsourced online task assistance service, an ip address location database, an iban calculation and validation service and a nigerian bulk sms service. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

Aqua.ioAqua.io API: Aqua.io helps people comply with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), an act which establishes national standards for electronic health care transactions as well as identifiers for providers, health insurance plans, and employers. Aqua.io allows users to retrieve names and explanations for standardized identification codes. It also provides Wikipedia links for ICD codes and two-way ICD9/10 equivalency mapping. Developers can access Aqua.io features programmatically via REST calls with responses formatted in JSON.

BukGetBukGet API: BukkitDev is a repository for plugins that help people interact with and manage Minecraft servers. BukGet is an API for interfacing with this repository programmatically. While the API is designed to interact with multiple plugin datastores, it is primarily used for interacting with BukkitDev. The BukGet API uses RESTful calls and returns data in JSON format.

CGI Insurance Information ServicesCGI Insurance Information Services API: CGI is a company that provides a variety of business IT services. One such service is the web-based Insurance Information Services API, which enables clients to view the claim history of a driver and all of their policies. Information is retrieved based on the driver's license. This service is accessible via SOAP calls issued in XML format.

crowdcraftingcrowdcrafting API: Crowdcrafting is designed to provide online assistance for tasks that require human cognition, knowledge, or intelligence such as image classification, transcription, or geocoding. It does so using PyBossa, which is a free crowd-sourcing and micro-tasking platform. PyBossa helps researchers, civic hackers, and developers create projects that anyone in the world with time, interest, and an internet connection can contribute to. The RESTful crowdcrafting API can be used to create new applications, get tasks, submit answers, etc.

DB-IP DB-IP API: DB-IP is an online geolocation IP database. Users can look up IP addresses to find out locations of the IP addresses, as well as download and access the IP database.

The DB-IP API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of DB-IP with other applications. The main API method is retrieving address and location information for IP addresses.

IBAN CalculatorIBAN Calculator API: The IBAN (International Bank Account Number) Calculator can convert a national account number into an IBAN, validate an IBAN, and find bank information for an IBAN. These functions are useful when performing cross-border online transactions in Europe, validating account numbers, etc. Also, in the event of a fraudulent money transfer, the police can use an IBAN find out about the bank involved and its location. The IBAN Calculator guarantees the correctness of its calculations. Its services can be accessed directly through the website or programmatically via SOAP API.

LinkmySMSLinkmySMS API: LinkmySMS is a Nigerian bulk SMS service that can be used to send text messages to any mobile network around the world. Users can access the service's functions using its online gateway or its API. The LinkmySMS API enables users to integrate the ability to send messages or check their account balance with other applications or software via REST calls.

Novelty Global SMSNovelty Global SMS API: Novelty Global SMS is a platform designed to allow people to communicate with their friends, loved ones, and business associates via text. Users can integrate Novelty Global SMS with other applications, websites, or systems using its flexible API, which can be used to send messages or check an account balance via REST calls.

Phoenix MinecraftPhoenix Minecraft API: The Phoenix Minecraft API allows users to retrieve information about any Minecraft server at any time. Available information includes server status, server information, a player list, plugins used, and more. It is provided by Alex Tan (a.k.a. IAmPhoenix) who is an application and web developer. The Phoenix Minecraft API's functions are accessible via REST calls.

PlanetSide 2 CensusPlanetSide 2 Census API: Planetside 2 is a Massively Multiplayer Online First Person Shooter (MMOFPS) game offered by Sony Online Entertainment. It is the sequel to their earlier game, PlanetSide.

Planetside Universe is a fansite for the Planetside franchise. It offers the Census API as a method of accessing data pulled directly from Planetside 2. This includes statistical and character-specific information for all players and server-specific territory statuses, as well as the names, descriptions, and icons for all items within the game. This API is accessible via REST calls issued in JSON or XML format.

PlayHaven ReportingPlayHaven Reporting API: PlayHaven provides in-game marketing and monetization services for mobile game developers. PlayHaven provides a Reporting API, granting developer access to granular and aggregate game related data. API calls are made over HTTPS and require an authorization token.

PodlingPodling API: Podling is a private social platform designed to facilitate group-based discussion and filesharing. Users are able to quickly set up discussion groups called "pods", each of which is private to those invited. Podling is available as an app sold through iTunes, but its functions are also accessible programmatically via REST API.

SharedCountSharedCount API: SharedCount is a tool providing social URL analytics. Users simply enter a URL to track shares, likes, tweets, and more, over a variety of common social services.
The SharedCount API provides developer access to SharedCount statistics through simple HTTP calls using JSON format. JSONP callbacks are supported.

SmartSheetSmartSheet API: Smartsheet is a Software as a Service company offering a cloud application supporting project management and collaboration at the enterprise level. The Smartsheet API provides a RESTful interface for interacting with Smartsheet features and data. JSON formatted data is supported. Smartsheet provides a sandbox environment for development and testing.

TeamHavenTeamHaven API: TeamHaven provides a field force management platform for brands, marketing agencies, and enterprises. The TeamHaven API provides a RESTful interface to key elements of the TeamHaven Server business layer. Responses may be XML or JSON formatted.

TF2 Backpack ExplorerTF2 Backpack Explorer API: TF2 (Team Fortress 2) is an online, team-based, multiplayer first-person shooter game developed by Valve. In TF2, the backpack is a player's personal inventory which stores all in-game items. Items are kept in individual slots and can be viewed, moved, or deleted. The TF2 Backpack Explorer API is a service that shows item pricing data as well as the contents of a given player's backpack.

The Home ZoneThe Home Zone API: The Home Zone seeks to provide its customers with simple, effective, and affordable online real estate marketing services. It's services include talking virtual tours (via text-to-speech or voice recordings), two-way texting, lead generation avenues, QR codes, property videos, and more. Most of The Home Zone's products and services can be set up quickly, and live support and training are available.

The Home Zone's SOAP API allows users to retrieve individual pages, feed sources and submissions, online tour URLs, information on specific agencies, and time zone and weather data by zip code.

The TVThe TV API: The TV API is the interface for a comprehensive television database. Users can get information on tens of thousands of TV shows and over a million episodes. The TV API's primary source of data is TheTVDB, which is matched against data from Guidebox to provide a more comprehensive set of episode thumbnails and TV show artwork, as well as data on where an episode or TV show can be watched online (official sources only). The TV API can be accessed using RESTful calls to retrieve data in either XML or JSON format.

uHuntuHunt API: UVa Online Judge provides visitors with access to hundreds of problems similar to those used in programming contests. uHunt is a tool for finding interesting algorithm problems to solve on UVa Online Judge. It also keeps statistics on solved problems. The uHunt API allows other developers who are interested in querying UVa to integrate uHunt into their own tools via REST calls.

WhispirWhispir API: The Whispir Platform enables users to send information simultaneously via SMS, voice, email, web, mobile, or social media. High-volume messages are tailored and targeted for each channel and recipient. These communications are two-way, secure, and auditable. Whispir is accessible via web, mobile, or landline, allowing users to respond to any situation from any location. The Whispir API has been designed to let application developers embed features of the Whispir Platform into their own applications.

Romin Irani Google Developer Expert Cloud 2014. Romin loves learning about new technologies and teaching it to others. Follow me on Google+

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