August 6, 2015
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Six APIs have recently been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in categories such as Bitcoin, Identity, Domains, and Logistics. Additionally, some Node.js frameworks were added, as were several SDKs for RunKeeper health & fitness tracking service. Here's a look at what's new.
David Engel and Brian Rucker found themselves wondering about mobile versions of websites. The system they built to detect whether mobile sites are displayed for five mobile operating systems is now available as the Company Data Trees Mobile Website Detection API and is the first "branch" of their new venture, Company Data Trees. When Engel and Rucker ran the top 200 sites (according to Alexa), they found about half have no mobile site, including LinkedIn and PayPal.
The protocols that run the Internet often use clumsy, anachronistic methods. Now some are moving into the 21st century with REST and JSON.