Today in APIs: Application Craft's Mobile App Development Platform, REST Fest 2012 and 20 New APIs

Application Craft releases a mobile app development Platform that makes application creation a lot easier. The REST Fest 2012 "unconference" is right around the corner. Plus: Twitter API Using Tiggzi, Buddycloud is Learning By Doing, and 20 new APIs.

Application Craft Releases Their Mobile App Development Platform

Application Craft recently announced the release of their mobile app development platform. Application Craft aims to make mobile, tablet and desktop app creation easier. In the company’s press release they had this to say:

“App development has become hugely complex and unapproachable for many developers, so we set out to create a platform for developers of all skill levels who simply want to get their business or consumer app created professionally and out to market quickly,” said Freddy May, founder and CEO, Application Craft. “Listening to our emphatic beta users, I would say that we have already been extremely successful.”

Application Craft has a feature set that includes responsive design, drag and drop interfaces, database Integration, and full branding capabilities.

Layer 7 Presents Rest Fest 2012 in Greenville, SC

On September 13-15 REST Fest 2012 will take place in Greenville, SC. The objective of this “unconference” is to, “give people interested in REST, Hypermedia APIs, crafting Web Service APIs, or any related topics a chance to get together in an informal setting to share ideas, trade stories, and show examples of current work.” Below is a promo video that will help get you pumped.

API News You Shouldn't Miss

20 New APIs

Today we had 20 new APIs added to our API directory including a database integration security and management, a cpanel license vendor, a 2010 census data access service, an internet-of-things development platform, an application backend service, a peer-to-peer for apps platform and an akan languages dictionaries. Below is more details on each of these new APIs. AgeTakAgeTak API: AgeTak, Inc. is a Big Data management solutions provider. They offer analytics, security, and federation solutions for enterprise-grade database systems. Their flagship product is ARC, a middleware solution for securitized database integration. ARC helps manage data integration for sensitive information between web and mobile apps, for example. The AgeTak API is available to affiliated partners who want to build their own apps using the SaaS middleware. BuycPanelBuycPanel API: BuycPanel is a cPanel license vendor, with an emphasis on instant license activation, price match guarantee, and exclusive add-ons. The BuycPanel API is organized using industry best practices and allows customers to access ordering functions through an automated process. CENSUS.IRE.ORGCENSUS.IRE.ORG API: CENSUS.IRE.ORG is a project created by Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) in order to provide journalists with a simpler way to access 2010 Census data. This allows them to spend less time importing and managing the data and more time exploring and reporting on the data. Census data can be retrieved using the GeoID for a geographic area of interest. The service employs a RESTful API with calls issued in JSON and JSONP. CosmCosm API: Cosm is a platform for the Internet of Things. The connection of non-digital, real world devices to Internet systems is a growing reality known as the Internet of Things. Cosm provides a platform to relay information from Internet-enabled real world devices to computer systems. The Cosm platform is exposed as an API for real time data transmission. It is a RESTful API that can return JSON and XML-encoded data. FatFractalFatFractal API: FatFractal is a application backend service. FatFractal offers web and mobile application developers cloud-hosted backend services for their applications. The FatFractal API allows developers to access and integrate the features and functionality of FatFractal with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include managing account information, managing users, and retrieving lists and objects. Jibe MobileJibe Mobile API: Jibe Mobile is an app-to-app connection service provider. They provide tools for creating connected mobile experiences in peer-to-peer app usage. This includes features for video calling and chat, file and data transfer, and more. This allows players to compete, share, and increase social engagement with friends. The Jibe Mobile API exposes push notifications, messaging, and connection functionalities. It is a RESTful API and interested developers must request access. Kasahorow DictionariesKasahorow Dictionaries API: promotes the use of African language. The Kasahorow Dictionaries are a translation tool for Akan languages of Southern Ghana. The Kasahorow Dictionaries API exposes the Kasahorow data in a RESTful format and is crafted towards translating a word or words from one language to another. Leaflet Vector Layers PostGISLeaflet Vector Layers PostGIS API: Leaflet Vector Layers allows users to add one or more vector layers from a number of different geographical web services to a Leaflet map. Leaflet Vector Layers monitors map events - like pan and zoom - and fetches features within the map bounds after each event. This method is suited for data sets with lots of interactive features that the developer doesn't want to load all at once. The Leaflet Vector Layers PostGIS API lets developers access these functions programmatically using REST calls. madvertisemadvertise API: madvertise is a mobile advertising platform and service in Europe. madvertise offers publishers and developers advertising integration services into their applications and content and offers advertisers places for their ads for mobile applications. The madvertise API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of madvertise with other applications. Public Documentation is not available; API access comes with account service. ManageBGL DiabetesManageBGL Diabetes API: ManageBGL is an online diabetes management program. ManageBGL allows users to upload blood sugar readings, insulin doses and carbohydrate intake from their meter, cell phone or web browser. Once uploaded to the cloud, the information is accessible over the internet and can be shared in real time with teachers, parents, healthcare providers and other care givers. The RESTful API allows users to pull information from ManageBGL directly into an excel spreadsheet, or view recent blood sugar highs and lows with a news reader. Default formats are XML, JSON, RSS and Atom. Open PlacesOpen Places API: Open Places is a web content provider. They offer written content and photographs describing places. Writers and photographers submit their pieces to the site for competition. Open Places’ editor vet suitable content for publication. The content is then made available to non-profits for free. The Open Places API exposes the free content to publication in apps and other outlets. It will return articles and their metadata. The API is RESTful and return JSON-encoded data. OpenLearningOpenLearning API: OpenLearning is an educational platform for social learning. Users can sign up for any course they would like, for free. They can also sign up in groups and take courses socially. Educators can create their courses as well to share with the world at large. The OpenLearning API exposes the system of notifications about course usage and user activity. It is a RESTful API that returns JSON-encoded data. It can be used for integrating of OpenLearning into scripts. PDF24 Javascript PDFPDF24 Javascript PDF API: provides a free online PDF document creation service. This service can be accessed through the site's web interface or a JavaScript API. Developers can use the API to provide a PDF-making button for their end-users in blogs, forums, wiki systems, and other article-based internet software. PieceablePieceable API: Piecable Software is an app development platform. It allows developers, retailers, companies, and others desiring to create an app for their service tools to construct, test, and deploy their own. Pieceable offers a simulator platform called the Pieceable Viewer to upload existing apps to test and troubleshoot them. Then when they are finished, they can be published directly to site for testing or demoing. The Pieceable API exposes the Viewer platform and allows developers to integrate uploading with their scripts. It is a RESTful API that returns JSON-encoded data. Predictive EdgePredictive Edge API: Predictive Edge is a big data management solution. It is a multi-purposed suite of information gathering and processing for retailers. Its real-time and predictive data modeling helps retailers dynamically retool their price structure. The suites infrastructure consists of a database that processes new information and reports on a GUI dashboard. The Predictive Edge API exposes the database and information processing functionality of the infrastructure. It is a RESTful API that retirns JSON-encoded data. ProfessionLProfessionL API: ProfessionL is a recruitment management platform. It allows employers to manage their recruitment searches from a single dashboard. The dashboard includes tabs for several aspects of recruitment, including multiple job listings, candidates, and contacts. An “Activity” tab allows an overall view of the recruitment process workflow. The ProfessionL API exposes the user profile functionality and enables data portability for importation and exportation. WyzAnt ShareASale Affiliate ProgramWyzAnt ShareASale Affiliate Program API: WyzAnt is an online tutoring marketplace connecting students with independent tutors. WyzAnt has an affiliate program through which partners are compensated for driving customer traffic to WyzAnt. The Wyzant ShareASale Affiliate Program API allows partners to perform realtime searches against the WyzAnt tutor database. XML ME Electronic Products FinderXML ME Electronic Products Finder API: The XML ME Electronic Products Finder API allows users to search for electronic products programmatically. The API accepts a search string and returns a URL pointing to the electronic products search results. The target data resources for this search service are not specified. This API uses SOAP calls issued in XML format. XML ME Sporting Goods FinderXML ME Sporting Goods Finder API: The XML ME Sporting Goods Finder API allows users to search for sporting goods programmatically. The service accepts a search string and returns a URL pointing to the sporting goods search results. The target data resources for this search service are not specified. This API uses SOAP calls issued in XML format. YikeSiteYikeSite API: YikeSite is a hosted content management system (CMS) that website designers, developers, and producers can brand to their own company. They can then market the service as their own. YikeSite allows users to create websites quickly using an intuitive, "in-place" editing method with simple and portable themes. The resulting sites come with clean, human-readable URLs. The creation of alternate URLs is also supported. YikeSite provides a JSON API for creating, updating, and deleting webpages, as well as for viewing user account information and managing customers.

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