Today in APIs: Jotform App Contest Starts in 2 Days, Appcelerator Acquires Singly, and 10 New APIs

Greg Bates
Aug. 22 2013, 01:00PM EDT

The Jotform app contest starts August 24 to September 24. Appcelerator acquires Singly in bid to make apps development across platforms even easier. Plus: the great cloud API debate, and 10 new APIs.

Jotform API Contest to Award $5,000, Must Use Jotform API

The aptly named Jotform provides forms to plug into websites--payment forms, contact forms, registration forms, instructor evaluation forms, forms for hotel reservations, membership applications, even a form to upload your CV. But as with any list of templates, there's always that special need that just isn't on the list--so they have a form builder. Now, they want to spur use of their API with a contest that awards a $5,000 grand prize plus a series of $500 prizes for various categories.


The contest is open to all. App ideas are listed on the contest site, in categories ranging from mobile forms to spreadsheet apps to quiz forms and many more.

Appcelerator Acquires Singly, to Mobilize any Data Source

Appcelerator

Singly, a company specializing in normalizing data for apps, has been acquired by Appcelerator. By providing an abstraction layer fora large number of APIs, from LinkedIn to Yammer to PayPal, Singly protects developers from haing to make changes every time something is altered in these underlying APIs.


As their press release makes clear, the idea is to make it easier to build apps that run on any device:

APIs are the lifeblood of mobility, giving developers access to the data and services needed to build amazing apps," explained Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator. "With Singly's API integration management joined to the Appcelerator product line, customers can much more easily unlock public and enterprise data sources, making available a rich layer of services on which to build transformative native apps that run on any device."

With Singly's upcoming SDK added to the group of pre-built API integrations now joining Appcelerator, dramatic reductions in time, complexity and cost of connecting apps to data sources is expected.

API News You Shouldn't Miss

10 New APIs

Today we had 10 new APIs added to our API directory including a payment card linked application development platform, a url shortener, a searchable data platform, a google+ development services, a customer service and support system and a cloud-based big data management and analytics service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

BirdbackBirdback API: Birdback is an app platform for payment cards providing a card-linked loyalty solution for financial institutions and the development opportunity for apps that consumers can add to their payment cards to be executed at the point of sale. Potential uses could include digital receipt generation, social network check-ins, or rewards. Birdback access is through a RESTful API supporting the development of card-linked applications.

CloudSideCloudSide API: CloudSide is a web service allowing users to upload and share files. CloudSide includes a URL-shortener, a service made accessible via API. The API is publicly accessible and free. Users simply post a URL and receive a shortened URL in response.

ExversionExversion API: Exversion is a data platform that crawls and indexes the world’s open data and makes it searchable through a single API. The Exversion API provides RESTful access to the data, providing data management tools such as queries, joins, data posting, and private data repositories.

Google Plus DomainsGoogle Plus Domains API: The Google+ Domains API allows users to build applications that can interact with with Google+. This could be prepopulating circles and admins within a business for new employees, integrate applications with Google+ for announcements and bulletins, or a number of other uses. The API allows access to Activities, Audiences, Comments, Circles, People, and Media from Google+. The services uses REST calls, and Google provides Java and Python developer kits.

SnappySnappy API: Snappy is a collaborative customer service system. Its email ticket support system can be used from any email client and includes a tagging service that makes it easier to assign and respond to support tickets. Snappy also allows users to create organized, single-page FAQs to help customers find the information they need. Staff can access FAQ answers and easily include them in support emails.

The Team Wall provides a place where customer support personnel can chat and exchange information. Snappy's reporting system provides information on metrics like how many tickets are being processed, how long each ticket takes to handle, and what issues are arising most frequently. Snappy can be accessed programmatically for integration with other systems and services using REST calls.

Sumo LogicSumo Logic API: Sumo Logic is a service for managing and analyzing large quantities of data in the cloud. It uses machine learning algorithms to help extract insights from big data, even in cases where the users don't know what they're looking for. Sumo Logic collects, stores, centralizes, and backs up log data while maintaining both its security and its availability to the owner. Logs are indexed for increased searchability, and users can set alerts to be sent out when certain conditions are met or new patterns appear.

The Sumo Logic API allows users to access resources and log data programmatically, exposing it to other applications and systems via JSON-formatted REST calls.

Ur.lyUr.ly API: Ur.ly is a service for creating very short URLs. The service recently became read-only when Google changed its app engine pricing. Ur.ly can be accessed programmatically using REST calls with responses in XML, JSON, HTML, and text formats. Users can contact the service creator, Adam Stiles, at his Twitter account.

VigLink CatalogVigLink Catalog API: VigLink is a service that embeds affiliate links where possible to make a publisher money from referrals and other purchases. The VigLink Catalog API allows users to access a searchable database of products which includes prices, images, descriptions, and additional information. The API uses REST calls and returns XML. The VigLink Catalogue API makes it possible to create price search and comparison engines in third party applications. An account is required with service and an API key is used for user authentication.

WebTranslateItWebTranslateIt API: WebTranslateIt is a translation management and software translation platform. The WebTranslateIt API provides programmatic access to the platform, exposing information on projects, users, translations, and more. All calls are over HTTPS and require an API Key. Responses may be JSON(P), YAML, or XML formatted.

WhatRunsWhereWhatRunsWhere API: WhatRunsWhere provides companies with information about online advertising behaviors and their effectiveness for both PCs and mobile devices. Users can find out what other advertisers with businesses similar to theirs are doing to promote themselves. They can then use this information to keep track of competitors, get new advertising ideas, and plan future campaigns. The WhatRunsWhere API provides a RESTful method for accessing the service's advertising intelligence information.

Greg Bates A writer for Programmableweb since 2012, Greg is a freelance writer and a maniacal editor of dissertations and term papers. - Follow me on Google+

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