Today in APIs: Flickr Competition, the "Real" Google Plus API and 15 New APIs

Adam DuVander
Feb. 08 2012, 06:45PM EST

A competitor created an export tool for Flickr ex-patriots, so the photo sharing site shut down the Flickr API developer key. The Google Plus developer page makes some wonder if the "real" Google Plus API is coming soon. Also: questions about the Google Safe Browsing API, free cloud database and 15 new APIs.

Flickr Plugs Its Leaky Boat

With users exporting Flickr photos to SnapJoy, Flickr apparently shut off access to its API:

Snapjoy’s co-founder Michael Dwan tells us that no warning was given to Snapjoy about its access to Flickr’s API being shut down, nor did his company do anything that other sites do with the freely available access to many other developers.

Since the Flickraft site launched, over 250k photos have been imported to Snapjoy via Flickr, showing that there are many people who were pretty happy about the offering of a “life raft” to get their photos off of the Yahoo! owned photo site.

It seems fair to point out that SnapJoy's own API is not yet public.

Will the Real Google Plus API Please Stand Up?

Since Google's social network was released there have been unofficial Google Plus APIs. And when the official Google Plus API was released, it was read-only and not as complete as developers wanted.

CMSWire describes the problem and wonders if the real Google Plus API is on its way:

There has been frequent criticism and questions about Google Plus’ lackluster developer access. Google has offered a limited read-only development interface and a 1+ badge since September, but no official mechanisms to build the third-party tools that are common for other social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

Via Jeremy Goldman

API News You Shouldn't Miss

15 New APIs

Today we had 15 new APIs added to our API directory including a used motorcycle listings, affiliate marketing network, protein to nucleic acid back-translation service, protein to nucleic acid back-translation service, dna visualization tool, nucleic acid to peptide translation service, coastal conditions information service, coastal mapping information retrieval tool, url shortening and expanding service, philippines deal service, phylogenetic footprinting service, file sharing and ftp service, random alistair young quote generator, video sharing application, advertising management platform, . Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

aRodaraRodar API: aRodar is a web site where users can search for or post used motorcycles for sale. There is also a forum for members of the community to interact. The API allows users to publish their ads on the site, on their applications or via the affiliate network. With the API users can look up classified ads, vehicle information and ad status. The API uses SOAP calls with XML responses. The site and documentation are in Spanish.

Digital River oneNetworkDirectDigital River oneNetworkDirect API: Digital River's oneNetworkDirect is the affiliate marketing network specializing in software products. It features the largest selection of digital products offered online today, including some of the world's most recognized titles such as McAfee, Big Fish Games, SanDisk, Logitech and many more.

The API gives users access to some of the functionality of their oneNetworkDirect accounts. This includes access to reporting information as well as content visible to a user's network account. Methods include creativeTypes, campaignInfo, creativeInfo, optionalInfo, monthlyStatsInfo, dailyStatsInfo, getCCampaigns and more. The API uses SOAP and responses are in XML.

Public documentation is not available. Unofficial documentation can be viewed at: http://www.cumbrowski.com/CarstenC/affiliatemarketing_webservices_onenet...

EMBOSS BacktranambigEMBOSS Backtranambig API: The EMBOSS Backtranambig API reads a protein sequence input by the user and then writes the nucleic acid sequence it could have come from. To do so, it uses nucleotide ambiguity codes that represent all possible codons for each amino acid. The API is available in both RESTful and SOAP forms and responses are formatted in XML.

EMBOSS BacktranseqEMBOSS Backtranseq API: The EMBOSS Backtranseq API reads a protein sequence input by the user and then outputs the nucleic acid sequence that is most likely to have produced it. To determine the nucleic acid sequence, the API implements a codon usage table which gives the frequency of use of each codon for each amino acid. It then selects the most frequently occurring codon for each amino acid to be used in the output sequence. The API is available in both RESTful and SOAP forms and responses are formatted in XML.

EMBOSS SixpackEMBOSS Sixpack API: The EMBOSS Sixpack API reads a DNA sequence that's been input by the user and then outputs the three forward and (optionally) three reverse frame translations in a visual manner. The API is available in both RESTful and SOAP forms and responses are formatted in XML.

EMBOSS TranseqEMBOSS Transeq API: The EMBOSS Transeq API translates nucleic acid sequences into their corresponding peptide sequences. It can translate the three forward and three reverse reading frames found in DNA, and output multiple frame translations at once. The API is available in both RESTful and SOAP forms and responses are formatted in XML.

IOOS SOSIOOS SOS API: This API is the CO-OPS Implementation of IOOS (Integrated Ocean Observation System) SOS (Sensor Observation Service). IOOS is an online tool that allows users to access information on oceanic, coastal, and Great Lakes environments collected from sources that can include NOAA and other federal agencies, the IOOS Regional Associations, and potentially other national or international organizations.

With the IOOS SOS API, users can retrieve data on currents, water levels (preliminary, verified, and predicted), meteorology, water conditions, wave harmonics, sensors, and stations via HTTP GET/POST.

nowCOAST LayerInfonowCOAST LayerInfo API: nowCOAST is a GIS-based online mapping tool that provides access to real-time coastal environmental observations and NOAA forecasts for any region in the coastal United States. nowCOAST's LayerInfo API provides access to additional useful information on mapping layers, including Legends, Timestamps, Icons, and Layer Descriptions. The API uses HTTP calls and responses are formatted in XML, HTML and TXT.

Ow.lyOw.ly API: Ow.ly is a link shortening and expanding application that allows users to either shrink or expand URLs for web pages, uploaded photos, and uploaded documents.

The Ow.ly API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Ow.ly with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include shortening URLs, expanding URLs, retrieving information about URLs, and accessing statistics of clicks.

PaynoyPaynoy API: Paynoy is a travel, services, and products deal website for the Philippines. Paynoy users can search for deals on travel, products, and services and receive deal information via email.

The Paynoy API allows developers to access and integrate the deal data and functionality from Paynoy with other applications. The API method allows for returning deal information.

Phylogenetic FootprintingPhylogenetic Footprinting API: "Phylogenetic Footprinting" is an approach for identifying regulatory regions of genes by comparing orthologous non-coding sequences. The Phylogenetic Footprinting API created and managed by Universitätsmedizin Göttingen uses a collection of SOAP-based tools to accomplish the identification process.

ShareFileShareFile API: ShareFile is a file sharing application. ShareFile's file sharing and transferring is secure, offers mobile access, file and folder syncing, and has an Outlook plugin.

The ShareFile API allows developers to access and integrate the data and functionality of ShareFile with other applications. Some example API methods include creating and managing files and folders, managing account information, and adding, deleting, and managing users.

SigQuotesSigQuotes API: The SigQuotes API returns .sig quotes posted by Alistair J.R. Young, a British systems software developer. With the API users can retrieve a DataSet containing all of the .sig quotes available, return a list of all the .sig quotes available or retrieve a randomly selected .sig quote from the list. The API uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

SocialcamSocialcam API: Socialcam is a video sharing application. Socialcam users can share videos with the Socialcam mobile applications. Users can tag videos, like videos, export videos, and share their videos with other Socialcam users.

The Socialcam API allows developers to access the functionality of Socialcam to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email api@socialcam.com for API access.

TrafficspacesTrafficspaces API: Trafficspaces is an advertising platform for publishers to sell advertising space and manage their advertising content. The platform allows advertisers to create their own ads within the Trafficspaces platform.

The Trafficspaces API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Trafficspaces with other applications. Some example API methods include managing users, accessing account information, and managing ad content and placements.

Adam DuVander Hi! I'm Developer Communications Director for SendGrid and former Executive Editor of ProgrammableWeb. I currently serve as a Contributing Editor. If you have API news, or are interested in writing for ProgrammableWeb, please contact editor@programmableweb.com Though I'm a fan of anything API-related, my particular interest is in mapping. I've published a how-to book, Map Scripting 101, to get anyone started making maps on websites. In a not-so-distant past life I wrote for Wired and Webmonkey.

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