Today in APIs: Dropbox DBX, VA Backlog API and 12 New APIs

Romin Irani
May. 07 2013, 11:36AM EDT

DBX, the first Developer conference from Dropbox to be held this year. Create your own data visualization applications via Veteran Affairs (VA) Backlog API. Plus: Rewards Program provider Billaway launches API and 12 new APIs.

Dropbox Announces Its First Developer Conference

DropboxDropbox, the leading provider on online storage services has seen adoption of its service grow over the last 6 years. With an increasing number of developers writing applications that integrate Dropbox services, the time is right for Dropbox to announce that it will hold its first Developer Conference, code named DBX this year. The 1-day conference will be held on Tuesday, 9 July, at Fort Mason in San Francisco. To attend the conference, you have to register and wait for approval from Dropbox. On approval, you will need to pay $350 as conference fee.

CIR Launches VA Backlog API

When the Center for Investigative Reporting published its data visualization for Department of Veterans Affairs’ backlog of disability benefits claims, little did it know that the initiative would grow to a large extent and even end up as an API. Well that is exactly how it has panned out and Developers now have a chance to visualize the data in more effective ways. Over the last 8 months, the data has grown, backlog has reduced a bit but delays have increased. CIR has now announced an API and developers can get access to overall and local data around average wait times, number of veterans waiting, claims pending and much more. The API is available via its Github page. Veterans are also requested to share their experiences for the benefits processing, which appear on the visualization.

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12 New APIs

Today we had 12 new APIs added to our API directory including an enterprise collaboration and social networking service, an email marketing campaign management service, a global bulk sms service, a social promotion and engagement platform and a merchant and customer relationship service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

ConvoConvo API: Convo is a collaboration platform for distributed work teams. Convo offers an online platform and features for teams to stay connected to collaborate on work and projects.

The Convo API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Convo with other applications. The main API method is to customize and integrate conversation feeds from the collaboration platform.

Experian CheetahMailExperian CheetahMail API: CheetahMail is a service provided by Experian Marketing Services to allow users to create and distribute highly customized email campaigns. They offer users access to a team of experts who can help them customize email campaigns to better suit their target audiences. The CheetahMail APIs make it possible to manage user accounts, databases, campaigns, and reports from other websites or applications.

Expert TextingExpert Texting API: Expert Texting provides mass texting services for small to medium enterprises. Its functions allow users to both send and receive messages almost anywhere around the world. One of its notable features is the Contact Management Module, which saves contact lists for future use so that they don't have to be reentered.

The Expert Texting API is designed to integrate with any system or CRM, allowing users to send and receive SMS without having to visit the Expert Texting website.

Hello SocialHello Social API: Hello Social is a social promotion and engagement platform that lets brands and companies engage and interact with their customers and potential customers with social promotions and contests.

The Hello Social API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Hello Social with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include managing promotions, creating promotions, and managing account information.

LeafLeaf API: Leaf is a platform that allows merchants and their customers to interact. Leaf provides merchants with tools to collect payments from their customers and ask for feedback. Leaf provides customers with an application to retrieve receipts and give feedback to merchants.

The Leaf API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Leaf with other applications and to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here: http://leaf.me/developers.

MYDIGIPASS.COMMYDIGIPASS.COM API: MYDIGIPASS.COM provides developers with two-factor authentication technology, which requires both something the users knows (like a password) and something the user has (like a VASCO DIGIPASS) to successfully authenticate. A MYDIGIPASS.COM account can also be used for authentication with any online application or website that uses MYDIGIPASS.COM's Secure Login API. Further information about this API can be gained by signing up with the site.

MYOB AccountRight LiveMYOB AccountRight Live API: MYOB AccountRight Live is an accounting application for businesses in Australia. MYOB AccountRight Live offers a variety of accounting and bookkeeping features.

The MYOB AccountRight Live API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality and data of MYOB AccountRight Live with other applications. Some example API methods include managing accounting files, retrieving information on accounts, and managing transactions.

PaidpiperPaidpiper API: Paidpiper is mobile payment platform. Paidpiper allows businesses to collect and manage payments and customers to make payments and get digital receipts.

The Paidpiper API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Paidpiper with other applications and to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email info@paidpiper.com for more information.

PlacesterPlacester API: Placester is a service for real estate websites and real estate marketing. Placester offers tools to customize real estate websites using themes and other features to integrate into Wordpress websites.

The Placester API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Placester with Wordpress websites. Public documentation is not available; API access comes with account service.

SpotbrosSpotbros API: Spotbros is an application that helps people communicate and stay connected. Spotbros allows users to communicate in real-time with people around them, ask questions, and provide feedback. Spotbros also has an instant messaging feature.

The Spotbros API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Spotbros with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include managing account information, sending and receiving notifications, and managing user information.

ticcatsticcats API: ticcats is a German-language website for finding events and tickets in Europe, with a focus on Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and the UK. It has one of the biggest event databases in Europe, which has been made accessible via API to allow other developers to use it in their applications. Those with existing event databases can use ticcats to supplement them with additional ticket price comparison data. The ticcats API is accessible via REST calls issued in JSON format.

Zapier Status Zapier Status API: Zapier is an application that integrates applications together. Zapier Status is a dashboard that displays the current status of every API that Zapier integrates. Zapier Status's dashboard also allows users to get updates via multiple channels about the status of APIs.

The Zapier Status API allows developers to access and integrate the data and status of the APIs with other applications. The main API method is retrieving the status of APIs.

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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