Today in APIs: Twitter Finally Kills v1, Parasoft’s API Testing Solution and 9 New APIs

Kevin Sundstrom, Managing Editor, ProgrammableWeb
Jun. 12 2013, 12:00PM EDT

Twitter retires v1 of its API and seals the demise of TweetDeck for iOS, Android and Adobe AIR. Parasoft announces a new tool designed to simplify API testing. Plus: location API service Locaid secures $4.05M, hackathon aims to develop solutions for education, and 9 new APIs.

Twitter Finally Retires v1 of the Twitter API

TwitterLast month v1 of the Twitter API received an extension. The company announced that the retirement was pushed back to allow for more “blackout” testing. The result of the testing seemed positive. Taylor Singletary, a Twitter Developer Advocate, had this to say:

"Based on the blackout tests and looking at the numbers, we can see that the vast majority of applications have transitioned to API v1.1."

Today’s retirement means lights out for TweetDeck apps for iOS, Android and Adobe AIR.

Parasoft Announces a New API Testing Solution

Software solutions provider Parasoft has released a new tool that aims to simplify the arduous API testing process. Parasoft SOAtest is a comprehensive enterprise-grade API testing tool that promises to reduce testing costs, reduce technical debt and expose defects early on in development.

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9 New APIs

Today we had 9 new APIs added to our API directory including a forex trading service, a web application building service, a sales communication application, a customer engagement service and an online marketplace for digital goods. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

AvaTraderAvaTrader API: AvaFX is a forex trading platform that allows users to open practices accounts to try out trading risk-free, as well as trade with millisecond speed, 24-hour quotes for currencies, trading in CFDs, commodities, metals, and stock indices, leverage trading up to 200:1, and other financial operations. The AvaFX API allows users to integrate the AvaFX trade platform into third-party software. The API allows users to automate certain functions including: trade requests, stop-loss, take-profit, and order entry, access to trading history, access to current market data, and testing.

BackliftBacklift API: Backlift is a service that helps people create, build, and manage websites and web applications. Backlift serves as the backend and management system for web applications.

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

Close.ioClose.io API: Close.io is a sales communication application. Close.io helps salespeople and sales teams keep track of their sales calls and emails and engage with their customers, clients, and leads in one application.

The Close.io API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Close.io with other applications. Some example API methods include retrieving leads and contacts, searching, and managing contact information.

ConverserConverser API: Converser is a service that allows brands and companies to engage with their customers and audiences and aggregate all of the data on their customers in one place.

The Converser API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Converser with other applications. Some example API methods include retrieving contact info, managing account and contact information, and searching.

Creative MarketCreative Market API: Creative Market is an online marketplace for digital goods. Creative Market allows people to create shops and buy and sell digital goods such as fonts, UI kits, and other digital assets.

The Creative Market API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Creative Market with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up here: https://creativemarket.com/platform/api.

FramebaseFramebase API: Framebase makes it easier to include and maintain videos in applications by taking care of transcoding, compatibility, and other such issues. Framebase enables end-users to record videos from inside their browsers or upload videos from their computers. Framebase supports uploads in all major file formats and can play videos on all browsers and devices. The Framebase API allows developers to do highly-customized integrations with the service as well as manage their videos.

Reader.isReader.is API: Reader.is is an RSS reader designed to take the place of Google Reader when it shuts down. The main difference between Reader.is and other Google Reader alternatives is that it is not dependent on the Google API. At the moment, it is very simple and only supports RSS. In the near future, Reader.is will also support Atom, Google Reader import, read article tracking, sharing options, and Facebook login. Developers can use the Reader.is API to access feeds and integrate Reader.is into other applications.

SendicateSendicate API: Sendicate is an email marketing application. Sendicate allows users to create and send email marketing campaigns and track data on opens and clicks.

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

TradeWexTradeWex API: Wolverine Executions Services (WEX) provides a trading platform for users to securely and anonymously trade options, futures, and equities through a electronic trading platform, floor access, brokerage desks, or algorithms. The WEX API allows users to place orders manage positions, and create complex trading strategies. The API uses the FIX protocol for secure financial transactions. An account is required with service.

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