Today in APIs: Zapier Launches Course on APIs, and 4 New APIs

Greg Bates
Mar. 03 2014, 02:00PM EST

Zapier launches beginner course on how to build APIs. Nordic APIs adds Stockholm stop to tour, March 31st. Plus: Alipay shuts down WeChat's API, Google launches genomics effort, and 4 new APIs.

How to Build an API: Zapier Takes it From the Top

We last covered Zapier when it launched its developer platform earlier this year. With its own API that integrates email with Evernote and Paypal with MailChimp, among other examples, Zapier now offers a course on building them. Created by Brian Cooksey, it spans eight weeks. However, you are free to run through the sessions at your own speed.

According to Katy Schamberger writing in the Silicon Prairie News, the course is aimed at a wide audience, including people who don't work with APIs directly:

With the help of Zapier product designer Bryan Landers, as well as other members of the Zapier team, Cooksey is in the midst of publishing an eight-week “Introduction to APIs” course on the company’s site.

The course covers protocols, data formats, authentication, basic design, patterns for communication, and implementation. It is offered for free. For many readers, this may be too basic, at least in the beginning. But even for them it could be a useful tool to pass on to friends and relatives asking the question, what's an API and how do I use one?

Nordic APIs Adds Stockholm Stop to Tour, March 31

Nordic APIs, whose aim is to make the Nordics programmable, has added a new stop to its planned tour, Stockholm March 31. Sponsored by our parent company, Mulesoft, among others, Nordic APIs will have several speakers at the event. These include Holger Reinhardt from Layer 7, Tom Burnwell from Axway, Mulesoft's Sumit Sharma, and Pernilla Nasfors from the World Bank. Organized by Dopeter and Twobo technologies, Stockholm is just one stop in a series of conferences on APIs. Other locations include Copenhagen (April 1), Helsinki (April 2) and Oslo (April 3).

It might be cold weather... but the event is conducted in English. The conference is focused on"from private to public APIS," while other topics include: the next big thing in APIs, security, BaaS, innovations and use cases, among other issues. Early bird registration has closed. The regular price is 450 NOK, about US $75 for a one day event. Registration for any of the three days can be started here.

API News You Shouldn’t Miss

4 New APIs

Today we had 4 new APIs added to our API directory including a norwegian financial product data feeds, account breach database, direct marketing print service, relationship management service, . Below is more details on each of these new APIs.

FinansportalenFinansportalen API: Finansportalen is a site provided by the Norwegian Consumer Protection Agency to provide consumers the ability to make good choices in the market for financial services. The portal is a tool that helps consumers to compare financial industry products The Finansportalen API exposes data feeds on financial products for the Norwegian market. An account is required to view the URLs for data feeds.

Have I been pwnedHave I been pwned API: Have I been Pwned is a database of usernames and email addresses that have appeared on breached website disclosures. The site contains breach data from 16 websites, and contains over 161,000,000 accounts that have been "pwned."
The Have I been Pwned API uses REST calls, returns JSON, and uses SSL for security. The API allows users to make calls to access the data housed on Have I Been Pwned, including getting all breaches for an account, getting all breaches in the system, and other calls.

PFLlink PrintingPFLlink Printing API: Print For Less is a printing company that offers the ability to send professional-looking mailers to 500 customers, printed full-color on both sides, quickly produce 2,000 product or sell sheets for a trade show, put together 7,500 16-page product catalogs or booklets, upgrade newsletters to full color, or create posters for an event or cause. The PFLlink Printing API allows users to send marketing materials. Users can send a single customized piece to a single client or tens of thousands to the prospective clients. The API uses REST and an account is required with service.

RelateIQRelateIQ API: RelateIQ is a relationship management service that focuses on being data driven to present optimal solutions. The service utilizes your email history, business activity, and your contact frequency to facilitate scheduling, messaging, and other relationship management activities to free up time for more business focused activities. The RelateIQ API uses REST calls and returns JSON. It allows users to get lists, search relationships, add relationships, set field values, and create comment events. An account is required with 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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