Today in APIs: Apigee Launches Next Generation API Platform, Amazon Glacier's Hidden Landmine and 5 New APIs

Apigee launches the next generation of its leading API Platform making enterprise-grade API management available to all developers. Amazon Glacier's pricing model may have hidden costs. Plus: Data scientists may one day be replaced by tools, Skytap announces their latest Platform-as-a-Service and 5 new APIs.

Apigee Makes Enterprise-grade API Management Available to All

Today saw the release of Apigee's next generation of its API platform. Apigee, the API company, now boasts self service access to its full suite of services that allow developers and enterprises alike to build and manage APIs and the apps that are built on top of them. Chet Kapoor claims

"We've worked with some of the largest businesses in the world to build and support highly sophisticated and complex systems that easily handle billions of API calls per day. We’ve now taken this technology and simplified it so that any organization – from a developer in a garage to a Fortune 50 company – can launch like a startup and scale like an enterprise."

Apigee's strategy is in line with the recent trends towards more approachable development tools and the continued growth of APIs that are available to a wider audience than ever before. The new capabilities of the Apigee platform include Gateway services for exposing, managing and Scaling APIs; App services for building apps on top of APIs; developer channel service for creating developer communities; Analytics services for deriving business insights.

Is There a Landmine Hidden in Amazon’s Glacier?

Amazon recently released Glacier, a new online storage service meant for long-term storage that may need to be archived and not frequently accessed. The service is cheaper than other storage services but due to the nature of the data being stored, it is also slower when called upon to retreive that data. Some developers are nervous due to the mystery surrounding the way peak hourly retrieval is calculated. Klint Finley notes

"If the price is based on how long it takes you to download the archives, then the cost is limited by download speeds. But if the cost is based on how much you request in an hour and you request a large file that can’t be broken into chunks, the costs could skyrocket."

Although Amazon has tried to address their pricing policy, some confusion does remain. Interested developers can look over the Glacier documentation and can access Glacier from the AWS Management Console or through the Glacier APIs.

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5 New APIs

Today we had 5 new APIs added to our API directory including a pooled bitcoin mining server, crm and sales management service, android-related file sharing service, tech and gadgets trade-in marketplace, custom online music radio. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

BTCMineBTCMine API: BTCMine is a pooled Bitcoin mining server. Pooled mining allows many miners to work together and thereby reduce the variance in their Bitcoin reward over time. This is achieved by fairly distributing the reward from any blocks found by the server according to how much each individual miner has contributed.

The BTCMine API enables users to retrieve information such as the current pool stats, the current balance for a user, and the current statistics for a user. This API employs REST calls in JSON format.

ClickHQClickHQ API: The service provides customer relationship management (CRM) functions, including customer database, easy customer communications with contact tracking to log interactions over time, and sales lead generation to identify prospects for new product offerings. Integration with other applications enables company functions to recognize a specific customer's history and tailor interactions based on that experience.

API methods support customer record creation, retrieval, update, and deletion, along with reporting on customer purchases and other activities. Methods support identifying sales prospects among existing customers as well as routine interactions around e-commerce transactions. API: (formerly Goo-INsi) is a file mirroring site, hosting mainly Android-related files. It provides a place for users to upload and download files to be used with their mobile devices for free. The site now mirrors official CyanogenMod Builds, hundreds of ROMs, radio and firmware updates, and other miscellaneous files used for the development and rooting of Android devices.

The API provides a JSON Feed that can be used to show a list of selected ROMs on a website or to provide a continuously updated Google apps listing.

TechForward TechForward API: TechForward is a tech marketplace. It offers consumers and merchants a streamlined system for updating electronic gadgetry. Merchants can subscribe to a network that allows them to make use of trade-in technology. Consumers can find plans with willing merchants that provide guaranteed prices for trade-ins. TechForward also provides an API for merchants. It exposes information of the merchants’ network.

Unofficial PandoraUnofficial Pandora API: Pandora is an online music player that uses information gathered by the Music Genome Project to find songs or artists with similarities to those that the user likes. It then plays them back on streaming online stations.

The API methods exposed by Wikia users provide programming language-independent access to Pandora’s proprietary APIs. All listed API calls have been reverse-engineered by Wikia users and have not been made available by Pandora. These calls provide access to all aspects of Pandora's functioning including the creation and editing of stations, retrieval of song information, creation of user accounts, logging on or off, and more.