Today in APIs: Pearson Student Coding Contest Gets Underway, Chrome to Drop Netscape API, and 4 New APIs

The Pearson student coding contest is rolling through November 30th. Google will drop Netscape Plugin API. Plus: the NordicAPIs conference recap, former US CTO points to APIs as a crucial key to unlocking government data, and 4 new APIs.

The Pearson Student Contest has Started, Runs Through November 30th

Powered by Hackerleague, the company that brings hackathons to companies, is running the Pearson student coding contest that is now under way. Pearson, the learning company focused on educational materials, has created APIs for extending the reach and use of its products.

The APIs are designed to integrate tools, grades, and user management. Both RESTful and SOAP services are available.

First price is $10,000; second prize is $5,000, and third prize $1,000, along with internships and interview opportunities for graduating seniors. According to the schedule, ideas and proposals are due by September 30.

Google will Drop Netscape Plugin API for Chrome

Citing the fact that Netscape is "90s-era architecture," Google will drop the Netscape plugin API from Chrome. Their aim is to eliminate it by the end of 2014, depending on user/developer feedback. Maintaining it is not in the cards because it  "has become a leading cause of hangs, crashes, security incidents, and code complexity."

The most popular Netscape plugin APIs (NPAPI) hsve been whitelisted to avoid disruption. These include Silverlight, Unity and Google Earth. Java was blocked for security reasons.

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4 New APIs

Today we had 4 new APIs added to our API directory including a drink and cocktail recipe service, a photo printing application, an interactive music streaming service and a cloud hosting monitoring service. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.

Absolut DrinksAbsolut Drinks API: Absolut Drinks is a website with drink and cocktail recipes. Absolut Drinks shares over 500 recipes to make with Absolut vodka, provides party planning tips, and shopping lists for various cocktails.

The Absolut Drinks API allows developers to access and integrate the data and assets of Absolut Drinks with other applications. Some example API methods include searching for drinks, retrieving drinks and drink information, and retrieving drinks for various events and occasions and by ingredient.

CanvasPopCanvasPop API: CanvasPop is a photo printing service. CanvasPop provides photo printing options including printing on canvas. Users can print their own photos, monetize their photos, and share photos for others to use.

The CanvasPop Photo Printing API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of CanvasPop with other applications. Some example API methods include retrieving photos, managing photos, previewing photos, and printing photos.

iJukeboxiJukebox API: iJukebox is an interactive music streaming service. iJukebox allows venues and customers to legally stream music to their customers and allow their customers to interact with the music through applications.

The iJukebox API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of iJukebox with other applications. Public Documentation is not available; interested developers should email for more information.

StackdriverStackdriver API: Stackdriver is a cloud hosting monitoring service. Stackdriver provides monitoring and services for DevOps, including AWS, OpenStack, and Rackspace.

The Stackdriver API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Stackdriver with other applications. Public documentation is not available; API access comes with account service.