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Successful enterprises rely on the latest technology to drive business operations, intelligence, and efficiency. APIs are the driving force of business application development. In this article, we highlight twelve top business APIs, chosen by popularity from the visitors of ProgrammableWeb.
The ProgrammableWeb directory's Search category contains more than 2000 APIs for adding search technology and functions to websites and applications. Here we filter through popular user favorites and highlight those that developers may find useful for enhancing applications.
After enduring controversy over its original license (referred to as "BSD+Patents") for the React framework and then capitulating by switching to the open source MIT license, Facebook has announced a license for GraphQL that open source pioneer Bruce Perens says is too restrictive (includes video).
On the heels of major industry fallout over Facebook's license to use React, the company is now embroiled in another legal controversy that puts any implementation of GraphQL (also a Facebook technology) at risk of patent infringement. Accordingly, it may be wise to halt any GraphQL work.
Yelp continues its Fusion API-centric strategy with the announcement that Yelp Events data will be accessible via the Fusion API. Yelp Events allows users to create, share and discover events around the world, and developers will be able to pull data regarding such events through the Fusion API.
Eleven APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories including Weather, Recommendations, HealthCare, and Video. Highlights today include APIs from TwitchTV, Yelp, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.
Yelp added GraphQL support for its Fusion API. GraphQL, a graph query language, allows developers to request specific data in a single query, rather than multiple API calls through the API. GraphQL is currently in Beta. To use with Yelp, developers need to join Yelp's new Developer Beta Program.
Last year, Yelp introduced its completely new Yelp Fusion API. Since its introduction, Yelp has dedicated most of its resources on the new API, and encouraged developers to migrate to Fusion. Over that time period, Yelp has added new features, fixed bugs, and now signals the end of the legacy API.
Yelp continued its barrage of developer news today. The company's latest announcements include a completely redone developer program and the Yelp Fusion API that will replace Yelp's existing API over time. New API features include more pictures, content caching, autocomplete and more.
Yelp spent two years developing a bug-bounty program with Hackerone, which led to over 100 resolved reports. Now, Yelp is taking the program to the broader public to engage a wider set of security researchers. The program offers bounties starting at $100 and can pay up to $15,000.
After continued requests for access to more Yelp data, and additional API functionality, Yelp has launched a developer preview of a brand new API. The Yelp API was rebuilt from the ground up. Yelp envisions the new features, data, and architecture will simplify the developer experience.
Retiring an API is often an unacknowledged part of the API lifecycle. But how an API is deprecated (‘sunsetting an API’), is part of an API’s product life that can have a fundamental impact on future developer relationships and even the overall trustworthiness of a business’ reputation.
Yelp has announced the release of an API console. As the company reaches the end of v1 endpoints, the API console provides further insight into v2 endpoint details.
Yelps extends its API to the Department of Transportation's SaferRide app, offering potential drunk drivers convenient suggestions on local taxi services.