Today in APIs: Netsocket and Lync API, APIs and Infinite Data, and 15 New APIs

Greg Bates
Jun. 24 2013, 02:00PM EDT

NetSocket uses Lync Cloud Experience Manager API. How APIs make infinite data comprehensible. Plus: SOA software delivers API foundation management, and 15 new APIs.

Netsocket Cloud Interoperable with Lync API

Netsocket, a leader in the unified communications field (UC) has announced that its Cloud Experience Manager (CEM) qualifies as fully interoperable with Microsoft Lync Server 2010 and 2013 and is fully compatible with the Lync Network Diagnostics API.

According to the press release, Netsocket is a Microsoft start up partner of the year. Today's announcement represents a new big step.

"NetSocket's collaboration with Microsoft to deeply integrate our CEM solution with the Lync Network Diagnostics API ensures Lync users can quickly anticipate, isolate and remediate underlying network issues affecting their unified communications experience," said John White, NetSocket president and CEO. "NetSocket's Lync qualification means Lync users can rest assured they have the most optimized UC service assurance solution available for Lync."

Microsoft's Lync connects people. But what happens when something goes wrong? The key to the solution is reliable third party testing. That's where Netsocket's Cloud Experience Manager comes in, providing insight so that system administrators can react quickly and effectively.

Big Oil or Big Data: Which is Bigger? (Hint: APIs Hold the Key)

Alex Williams at Techcrunch offers a thought-provoking piece comparing the impact of big data to big oil. Williams digs in to that popular analogy a little deeper.

"In an oil-based economy, industrial processes help make gasoline for cars or fibers for clothing. Data-driven processes help developers build software. And APIs connect that software to create new types of services that span the physical and virtual world."

Without APIs, big data is just a term, he says. He points to APIs with Netflix and Twitter,among others, as the lynchpin that gives meaning to all that data. In the end, though, he says it is the data that drives it all.

API News You Shouldn't Miss

15 New APIs

Today we had 15 new APIs added to our API directory including a feed creation service for popular content, a top content display box service, a call to action welcome bar creator, an application feature service, a rewards program integration service and a television program search application. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

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AddThis Content Feeds API: The AddThis Content Feeds API allows users to create RSS and JSON feeds of their sites' top content. These feeds can be incorporated into pages and widgets, making it easier for site visitors to find and access top content. AddThis Content Feed provides feeds for three different kinds of top content: trending, most shared, and most clicked.

AddThis Trending Content BoxAddThis Trending Content Box API: The Trending Content Box is a widget that features top content from the user's site. The box displays a header as well as links to popular pages, the number of which is specified by the user. The text displayed for each link is the title of the destination page. Links are chosen using the same analytics involved in the AddThis Content Feeds API.

AddThis Welcome BarAddThis Welcome Bar API: The AddThis Welcome Bar API allows users to include a welcome bar at the top of a webpage that displays a message with a call to action. Available actions currently include sharing site content, following a given feed, and clicking on a link. Developers can tailor the content of the Welcome Bar to site visitors based on their geolocation, preferred social networks, or referring site.

AngularJSAngularJS API: AngularJS is a platform that allows developers to extend static HTML vocabulary to interactive content in web and mobile applications.

The AngularJS API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of AngularJS with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include managing account information, retrieving features, and sending and receiving data.

BillawayBillaway API: Billaway offers businesses a rewards program that reduces customers’ monthly bills at the time of payment. The users can shop at designated locations and earn points that cab be applied towards monthly bills. Users can apply reward points towards bills with utility companies, grocery stores, trash companies, gas stations, and many other locations. The Billaway API allows merchants to integrate the Billaway platform directly at the customer payment location. This allows users to join the Billaway rewards system more readily.

BoxfishBoxfish API: Boxfish is a search application for every spoken word on television. Boxfish allows users to search for terms featured in television programs in real-time.

The Boxfish API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Boxfish with other applications and to create new applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email team@boxfish.com for API access.

BrightEdgeBrightEdge API: BrightEdge is an SEO (search engine optimization) service for the web, mobiles, and tablets. BrightEdge offers multiple features and tools for SEO.

The BrightEdge API allows developers to access and integrate the data of BrightEdge with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should request a demo here: http://www.brightedge.com/requestademo.

ecobeeecobee API: Ecobee is an energy solutions provider that offers WiFi enabled touch screen thermostats and the corresponding applications to manage them both from home and remotely. The ecobee API provides a developer interface for managing ecobee thermostats. The API is capable of reading, updating, and polling thermostat data. The API accepts HTTP GET/POST calls, authenticates with OAuth 2.0 framework, and returns JSON formatted responses.

EmberEmber API: Ember is a platform that allows users to build and manage web applications. Ember is open source and free to use.

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

GlympseGlympse API: Glympse is a real-time location sharing application. Glympse allows users to share their real-time location with the people they choose to share it with.

The Glympse API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Glympse with other applications. Some example API methods include retrieving locations, sending locations, and managing account information.

GolfNowGolfNow API: GolfNow offers booking services for tee times at over 5,000 golf courses and resorts across the US, Canada, Bermuda, Mexico, Ireland and Scotland. The GolfNow RESTful API allows you to perform functions such as finding golf courses, finding tee times, and creating tee time reservations. Search for golf courses and tee times based on a various criteria, create customers, make tee time reservations, view existing reservations, and other related tasks.

IXAPIIXAPI API: IXAPI is an application creation, building, and management service. IXAPI helps users to create applications and RESTful APIs for their applications. IXAPI also offers it's own API for developers to access and integrate within other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should email contact@ixapi.com for more information.

KeekKeek API: Keek is a video sharing application. Keek allows users to share and discover short videos, respond and comment on videos via video, and share videos and messages privately.

The Keek API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Keek with other applications. Some example API methods include retrieving users and user information, retrieving trending videos, and returning video comments.

LagoaLagoa API: Lagoa is a web-based platform for CAD visualization and 3D content creation and editing. Lagoa also offers tools for collaboration on CAD and 3D projects.

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

TapCommerceTapCommerce API: TapCommerce is a mobile and tablet retargeting service. TapCommerce allows brands and companies reach customers and potential customers over mobile phones and tablets.

The TapCommerce API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of TapCommerce with other applications. Public documentation is not available; API access comes with account service.

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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