Today in APIs: Walgreens Refill API, Facebook Video Channel, and 12 New APIs

Greg Bates
Feb. 07 2013, 11:18AM EST

The Walgreens API is not there yet but has potential. Facebook starts a developer video channel. Plus: Rome2rio grants free access to its API, the evolution of the hackathon, and 12 new APIs.

Walgreens Refill API Has Possibilities

As covered yesterday by our own Eric Carter, Walgreens has released its refill API for mobile developers,

"As Walgreens’ Abhi Dhar suggested, consumers have become more and more dependent on mobile devices for day to day living. If Walgreens can leverage such behavior to improve general wellness and lower hospital admission rates, it will drive positive change throughout the world. Walgreens currently sits as the largest Pharmacy in the US and should continue to encourage healthy living by promoting innovation in its industry."

Writing in StorefrontBacktalk, Frank Hayes points out that improvements are needed. All the API  does at the moment is take a prescription number and then report back on whether it was successfully filled. Despite being "primitive", this could be the beginning of something more sophisticated, he says.

"For example, using the API, Walgreens could cleanly add the ability for apps to get more useful information, such as: an estimated time the refill will be ready; the price; whether there’s a brand name that could be substituted if the pharmacy is out of the generic; or whether there’s another nearby store that could refill it sooner if the original store is currently out of the medication."

As Hayes notes, there's a risk here for Walgreens--mobile APIs could make it easier for customers to comparison shop.

Facebook Starts Video Channel for Developers

Facebook announced that it has started a new video channel, Facebook Developers Live,

"a new way for developers to stay up to date on the latest news, tutorials, speaking sessions and more via Facebook Developers Live. Developers Live is a curated video channel that features live, recorded and interactive broadcasts, giving developers a central place to learn about the latest tools and to get access to the product managers and engineers who created them."

Developers Live will feature three types of content: mobile app development with Facebook, building better games for web and mobile, and driving traffic with Facebook/

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12 New APIs

Today we had 12 new APIs added to our API directory including an anarchy online tradeskills recipe bot, a real-time automatic packet reporting system database, a domain name system management service, a geocoding service, a license and acquisition service and a music content service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

AORecipeBookAORecipeBook API: AORecipeBook is a support tool for the Massively Multiplayer online role-playing game Anarchy Online built to fill the void of an in-game bot to show tradeskill recipes. The AORecipeBook API provides a variety of HTTP calls allowing developers to automate various functions including searching for and showing recipes, ingredients, and categories. Responses may be formatted as XML, JSON, JSONP, or PHP.

aprs.fiaprs.fi API: APRS, or Automatic Packet Reporting System, is a radio-based digital communications protocol for exchanging information within a local area. Common types of information include location, weather, telemetry and messages. Aprs.fi Uses Google Maps to show real-time data collected from the APRS Internet network.

The aprs.fi API allows developers to automate aprs.fi database queries. Responses may be JSON or XML formatted.

Comodo DNSComodo DNS API: A Domain Name System (DNS) is a system that associates information with the domain names assigned to entities connected to the Internet or other networks. Comodo's DNS service powers the infrastructure of thousands of domain name registrars and web hosting solution providers worldwide. It is an enterprise-level service that advertises a unique, simplified management interface.

This DNS provides a fully-featured open API for managing its services, allowing them to be integrated with custom applications or a control panel.

GeocodeFarmGeocodeFarm API: GeocodeFarm is a geocoding API for web services. GeocodeFarm offers both free and premium accounts for geocoding needs.

The GeocodeFarm API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of GeocodeFarm with other applications, providing geocoding functionality. Public documentation is not available; documentation is available with login.

LmBoxLmBox API: LmBox by Labs64 provides licensing and acquisition management services.

The LmBox API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of LmBox with other applications and to automate licensing processes. Some example API methods include managing account information, accessing vendor information, and retrieving licensing information.

Nokia MusicNokia Music API: Nokia's Music APIs are a collection of web service and Windows Phone APIs that allow developers to offer elements from Nokia's Music service within other application.

Some example API methods include searching for music, retrieving music, managing accounts, retrieving music product details, and searching by various music metadata.

NWN master server trackerNWN master server tracker API: The service provides listings of servers where players can access the game Never Winter Nights. It allows applications to display links to game environments along with indications of the number of players currently active there. Players can then choose which servers to access based on their preferences for activity level.

API methods support accessing listings of currently active game servers, with current activity levels indicated. Server managers hosting instances of the game can provide information to have their environments listed, and the service polls all servers, dropping listings found to be outdated or offline.

Pirate MetricsPirate Metrics API: Pirate Metrics is an API that tracks subscription activity and provides marketing insight for SaaS applications. The Pirate Metrics API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Pirate Metrics with other applications. Some example API methods include managing accounts, activating customers, and retrieving referral and other data.

SITA World TracerSITA World Tracer API: SITA is a specialist in air transport communications and information technology. During the BETA period, SITA Worldtracer API is is available to existing contracted Worldtracer customers or to airlines wishing to trial the service. The World Tracer API aims to help users with Mishandled Baggage Management. To request a access or trial, please contact the API Owner prior to requesting a Key.

TAUS TranslationTAUS Translation API: TAUS Labs has developed a translation API for language service providers, translation developers, CMS providers, and anyone who needs translation services for digital content.

The TAUS Translation API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of TAUS Translation. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should sign up for more information and API access here: https://tauslabs.com/interoperability/61-translation-api-registration.

TinypassTinypass API: Tinypass is an e-commerce platform. Tinypass allows website and application owners to integrate e-commerce services with their applications and websites to charge for content and services.

The Tinypass API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Tinypass with other applications and websites. Some example API methods include searching for subscriptions, managing subscriptions, and managing user accounts.

Yiftee GiftUpYiftee GiftUp API: Yiftee is a gift giving application. Yiftee offers users to ability to send local gifts via applications to friends, family, colleagues, and others.

The GiftUp API by Yiftee API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Yiftee with other applications. Public documentation is not available; interested developers should contact Yiftee for more 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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