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For this installment of the Most Interesting API series, we focus on APIs added to our directory in categories including Sports, Music, Games, News Services, Video, Gambling, eSports, Emoji, Comics, Animation, Memes & Gifs, Photography, Books, Poetry, and Podcasts. Have a look at what our list below
ProgrammableWeb's Most Clicked, Shared and Talked About APIs of 2018: Application Development and Developer Tools
This segment of the past year's Most Clicked, Shared and Talked About APIs added to ProgrammableWeb covers the Application Development, DevOps, and Developer Tools areas. Tools and technology that helps make a developer's life easier, including APIs from Google, GitHub, and AWS, are included.
Bing has announced the addition of the Bing Maps Local Insights API, this news comes just 6 days after the release of the related Bing Maps Local Search API. Both new offerings provide developers with tools for building applications and integrations that solve problems close to home for many users.
Algolia has added a personalization feature to its search results platform and API. Personalization collects data based on user behavior and allows the developer/owner to define how such data is used. The data and definition then empower Algolia to automatically produce relevant search results.
In recent years, API specification/description formats, most notably OpenAPI, have become more common and have helped standardize the once-murky definition of an API. This standardization allowed the creation of a broad ecosystem of tooling for auto-generated testing and documentation.
Earlier this week Google announced new tools that aim to make it easier for content providers to share when they are streaming live video. The announcement includes the addition of an update to the Indexing API and the addition of structured data for livestreams.
Microsoft Azure API Management allows developers to set up API facades between disparate applications and services. Microsoft is extending this offering through a Consumption tier aimed at supporting serverless environments. The Consumption tier is currently in preview.
Carroll Publishing, a government contact data-delivery service, recently published the GovSearch API, exposing the company’s directory of over 260K government contacts. The database includes contacts from over 40,000 government agencies.
Google announced the release of the Google My Business API v4.3 with new functionality such as the ability to read and respond to questions and answers from customers, bulk-read reviews, see unclaimed locations that Google thinks you may own, report issues with GoogleLocations results and more.
Datadog has expanded its platform to include API and endpoint performance monitoring. The new service, Synthetics, sends simulated API requests to the monitored API and returns data to the administrator. The data gives an idea of what an API user witnesses when consuming a particular API.
Tisane Labs has introduced an API to detect and classify abusive text content. The AI-powered service identifies such speech across 27 languages. Not only can the service pinpoint specific words, it can classify the type of abusive content for labeling, moderation, and prevention.
Google's capabilities project looks to increase the interoperability of web and native apps. Typical local capabilities like file system access and idle detection are expected at the local level but don't translate well to the web. The Writable Files API is one aspect of the project.
GraphQL is moving to a vendor-neutral, open source foundation. The GraphQL Foundation will be hosted by Linux Foundation, and the project will be run under an open governance model. The transition from Facebook to the foundation is ongoing, but a preliminary list of founding members is ready.
Apollo is a premier name in GraphQL. The company has launched what it's calling its "flagship product." The Apollo GraphQL Platform serves as a marketplace of data and data services within organizations that leverage GraphQL. Apollo's tagline for the product says it all: "Do GraphQL right."
Amazon has made its Music Skill API generally available in the Alexa Skills Kit. This API is meant for music service providers, such as Spotify or Pandora, and allows them to add their music service to Alexa-powered devices. Once connected, subscribers will be able to ask for their tunes by voice.
Stackery has expanded its serverless development toolkit through support of GraphQL. Now, developers can deploy AWS AppSync GraphQL APIs through Stackery. GraphQL resolvers can connect to backend data sources like DynamoDB tables, Lambda functions, and HTTP proxies. Check out the docs.
simPRO, a business management software provider focused on the trade service industries, has launched an API for integrating its services with third party applications. The API grants access to simPRO's entire suite of Enterprise and Service level features. The API will be available globally.
Google has launched an API toolkit to combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM). The Content Safety API uses artificial intelligence to better screen and limit the spread of CSAM online. An API approach increases speed of review, identification, and stop of abusive material.
To date, Sonos has worked with strategic development partners on an invite only basis. It's work with companies like Amazon and Samsung have helped ground the company in the smart home space. On September 6, 2018, Sonos will open its developer program to the braoder developer community.
Arcentry, provider of cloud infrastructure diagrams, has opened up an API to its diagram building software. Now, cloud and open source diagrams are programmable from third party apps. Diagrams can be created, changed, and deleted in real-time through integrated apps.