October 19, 2018
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The Google Maps API naturally has a rich history on ProgrammableWeb. Over the last year or so, Google has released additional maps-related APIs as separate services. One of the latest ones is the Google Distance Matrix API. This allows a developer to submit a matrix of locations, as origins and destinations, and get a list of the distances in return.
Every day Foursquare users create millions of check-ins using the location-sharing platform. Those may be only a small fraction of the traffic seen by its API, which we've estimated receives at least 5 billion requests per month. The company continues to expand the local data made available via its API, so developers of all sorts are finding it a rich resource for building their apps.
It's been over a month since an explosion on an off-shore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico started leaking millions of gallons into the ocean. As with other major events, developers create mashups to help make sense of and consume the massive amounts of news available. Below are three examples of such sites, with a focus on the latest crisis.