Today in APIs: A New API Billionaire, API Architect Job, Photo Hack Day Winner and 13 New APIs

Romin Irani
Jul. 26 2012, 12:58PM EDT

DirectTrack REST API joins the list of API Billionaires. Yahoo! is looking for an API Architect. A Picture guessing game wins at Photo Hack Day 3 in San Francisco. Plus Facebook SDK 3.0 Beta for iOS, Flowdock’s UserVoice Integration and 13 New APIs.

DirectTrack: An API Billionaire

DirecttrackDirectTrack, a provider of marketing and affiliate software tracking platform has reported that its REST API that provides an interface to its platform has crossed the one billion request mark. The API is currently chugging along at 2.5 million requests per day.

Yahoo Hiring an API Architect

Now that Yahoo is done with hiring its CEO, the search is on for an API Architect and Engineer position. The Job is based out of Sunnyvale, California and involves creating API strategy, architecting APIs, building APIs/SDKs and managing API operations. As APIs continue to gain prominence, expect more job postings of this kind, especially at companies you might not consider tech giants.

Pics With Friends Wins Photo Hack Day 3

FacebookThe 3rd edition of Photo Hack Day was held in San Francisco on July 14 & 15. The event brought together 300 developers, who submitted 70 apps using 21 APIs.

The winner was Pics with Friends, a photo puzzle guessing game for iPhone, that allows a facebook user to send blurred and altered images from their albums and their friends have to guess what the photo is. The app uses Facebook APIs and Aviary API for image processing. The Facebook Developer blog reports that the app is likely to be released soon.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

13 New APIs

we had 13 new APIs added to our API directory including a e-mail newsletter service, lds catalog search service, access to microsoft documentation and related content, astronomical catalog querying service, astronomical object information service and feed validation service. Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

CreatesendCreatesend API: Createsend is a service for creating and managing e-mail newsletter campaigns. It provides methods for managing subscribers as well as clients and client information. Statistical information on campaigns is recorded and readily accessible. Users may create and manage their own newsletter templates. All of these functions are accessible via SOAP calls.

LDSTech Gospel Library CatalogLDSTech Gospel Library Catalog API: LDSTech is a community site where users can contribute to the technological work of the LDS (Mormon) church. The Gospel Library Catalog API allows mobile devices to search for and look up content (available as books) that are available for download. Users can look up the languages and platforms for which content is available. The catalog provides a taxonomy of the content showing it in the correct order. Users also have the ability to download content via the API. The API uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in XML and JSON.

MTPS Content ServiceMTPS Content Service API: The MSDN/TechNet Publishing System (MTPS) Content Service provides access to content stored in the MTPS. This includes, for example, the content available in the MSDN Library. The MTPS Content Service API allows developers to integrate documentation, technical articles, whitepapers, images, and the other resources into their own applications using SOAP calls.

OpenSkyQuery SkyPortalOpenSkyQuery SkyPortal API: OpenSkyQuery is a service that allows users to compare astronomical catalogs in order to find positional cross-matches. These matches can be subject to any other conditions or constraints the user wishes to define based on the data in the catalogs. The primary interface utilizes SQL, the Structured Query Language, with a few extensions specialized for astronomical data. The OpenSkyQuery SkyPortal API makes these functions available programmatically via SOAP calls.

Sesame Name ResolverSesame Name Resolver API: The Sesame Name Resolver allows users to query several databases simultaneously with the name of an astronomical object. It retrieves and displays information such as the type of object in question and its J2000 position. The databases queried are Simbad, NED, and VizieR. The Sesame Name Resolver API allows developers to access this function programmatically using SOAP calls.

W3C Feed ValidatorW3C Feed Validator API: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that works to develop Web standards. The Feed Validation service is used to check the syntax of Atom or RSS feeds. The API exposes the functionality of the service for use by developers in the creation in third party applications. It uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

W3C Markup ValidatorW3C Markup Validator API: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that works to develop Web standards. The Markup Validation service is offered by the W3C to check the markup validity of Web documents in HTML, XHTML, SMIL, MathML, and more. Developers can use the API to access the functionality of the service and integrate it with their own applications. The API uses SOAP protocol and responses are formatted in XML.

WebServiceMart ICD9CodeWebServiceMart ICD9Code API: The WebServiceMart ICD9Code API returns ICD9 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases, version 9) code descriptions. These codes are published by the World Health Organization and used worldwide for morbidity and mortality statistics, reimbursement systems, and automated decision support in health care. Lists of codes returned by the API can be filtered by initial characters and/or length. The unfiltered list consists of 7234 items.

WebServiceMart MSPCodeWebServiceMart MSPCode API: The WebServiceMart MSPCode API allows users to retrieve Medical Services Plan (MSP) explanatory codes. The MSP insures medically-required services, laboratory services, and diagnostic procedures for residents of British Columbia. The code lists retrieved by this API can be filtered by the codes' initial characters. The unfiltered list consists of 708 items.

WebServiceMart MSPFeesWebServiceMart MSPFees API: The WebServiceMart MSPFees API allows users to retrieve information regarding Medical Services Plan (MSP) fees. The MSP insures medically-required services, laboratory services, and diagnostic procedures for residents of British Columbia. This API returns specialty descriptions by code, or returns a list of all specialty codes. It also returns descriptions and fee amounts for fee item codes, or a list of fee items for a given specialty code.

WebServiceMart Phone3TWebServiceMart Phone3T API: The WebServiceMart Phone3T API is a service for validating phone numbers. It can also provide additional information such as the city, state, and country from which a phone number originates. The WebServiceMart Phone3T API can be accessed via SOAP calls using the XML data format.

WebServiceMart USZipWebServiceMart USZip API: The WebServiceMart USZip API is a service for validating U.S. zipcodes. It also returns the United States Postal Service state abbreviation and the latitude and longitude (in decimal degrees) of a given zipcode. This API can be accessed via SOAP calls using the XML data format.

YUPIQYUPIQ API: YUPIQ is a social media promotions platform that increases sales and brand awareness by rewarding customers for sharing videos, links and special offers with their friends on Facebook, Twitter and Email. With the YUPIQ API, developers can develop third party applications to give away custom rewards. The API can also be used to track who has earned those rewards and when those rewards have been used. It uses RESTful calls and responses are formatted in JSON.

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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