July 8, 2016
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APIs are largely hailed as the driving force behind digital innovation, and it is difficult to argue with this concept. Yet despite many high-profile API evangelists preaching the good word about APIs in general, there is a need for more localised evangelism, according to a post by Sam Macklin.
Startups need to build quickly and iterate quicker. That means not re-inventing the wheel -- whenever possible. Just 5 years ago, people were asking why would you use an API? This has quickly turned to why wouldn't you! Since March 2007 there are 14 times as many APIs listed on the ProgrammableWeb site. And the growth rate is accelerating. API listings on ProgrammableWeb have exploded this year so far, doubling the same period last year, and about four times the same period in 2010 (see chart below).
Oddcast, innovative web and mobile marketer, has released a cloud based text-to-speech (TTS) API: Vocalware. Releasing the platform via API allows developers to extend TTS to any browser-based or mobile application. Vocalware intends to become the one stop shop for cloud based speech functionality.