The Web’s Largest API Search Directory

APIs are the lifeblood of mashups. I speculated here 5 years ago that manually assembled API directories (ProgrammableWeb being the apex of examples) were probably going to be supplanted by automated directories at some point. Then I waited… and waited…

It wasn’t happening; no one seemed to see the potential here. So recently, I decided to get down to business and try and solve the problem myself. The result is APIHound, the web’s largest API directory.

Over 50,000 APIs are in the searchable directory (or you can browse by category). It’s still a work in progress as you can read here. Among other features, I’d like to add the ability to bookmark/favorite cool APIs you discover and include a “featured API” widget on the homepage.

I think the site’s off to a great start though, so check it out!

Should you consider outsourcing management of public APIs?

Hey, getting back to mashup-related stuff (again, posting over at SearchSOA)

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Another guest post over at SearchSOA

Innovation competitions: Do they actually spur software innovation?

Check out my guest post over at SearchSOA

When Do I Get to Build My Own Portal?

My latest post over at SearchSOA, When Do I Get to Build My Own Portal, , describes an interesting mashup use case. We don’t often think of portals as mashups, because there is this notion that a mashup communicates information via a single point.

For example, in the classic “Show me nearby apartments on a map” mashup, the two underlying components may be craiglist and Google Maps. But you only see 1 output: A map with data points on it. A portal typically has a bunch of “little boxes” (portlets) that can be populated from a variety of different places, and they don’t necessarily interact with one another. So is it even proper to call a portal a mashup?

I think so. Although there might not be integration at the data level, the fact is the various portlets are mashed together at the presentation level. A portal provides a unified container to view disparate systems, even if the views inside that container aren’t necessarily mashed together. And the fact is that many “portal-enabling” tools that help you get content into a portal are in fact mashup products.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know I am a big fan of users being able to create their own mashups inside corporate environments. I think that “self-serve IT” is the only way users will get many of the solutions they need since IT departments can’t afford to dedicate resource to every project out there. In my SearchSOA piece though, I might seem to contradict myself, since I don’t think users should build their own Portals.

My experience is that users who want a portal are really voicing a concern about information availability. If you just give them a portal framework, they will still have the same problem. You should attack the underlying issue first and expose more of the information your users want. If they then choose to build a portal with that data, so be it. But they might also build other tools (information dashboards, monitors, etc) that are actually what they really need. You don’t solve a problem by throwing a tool or a framework at it.

  • TireConnect
    Provides API access to the TireConnect platform. It returns Tires, vehicles, orders, quotes and more. TireConnect is designed to provide inventory connection to multiple tire wholesalers across Canada and USA. Date Updated: 2016-08-30 Tags: [field_primary_category], [field_secondary_categories]
  • Zilkr
    The Zilkr API platform opens up a company's communication infrastructure to connect with third parties. It allows a company that provides, resells, or manages communication services to become integration-friendly with those software applications by providing an API and Developer program as a service. Date Updated: 2016-08-30 Tags: [field_primary_category], [field_secondary_categories]
  • Kloudless Universal File Storage Cloud
    The Kloudless Universal File Storage REST API allows developers to access and integrate the file storage functionalities of Kloudless with other applications and create new applications. Some example API methods include creating, retrieving, and managing files, creating and managing permissions, and managing file folders and lists. Kloudless provides a customizable toolkit to integrate cloud storage, […]
  • Kloudless Universal CRM Cloud
    The Kloudless Universal CRM REST API allows developers to access and integrate the CRM functionalities of Kloudless with other applications and create new applications. Some example API methods include creating, retrieving, and managing CRMs, creating and managing contacts, and managing leads and opportunities. Kloudless provides a customizable toolkit to integrate cloud storage, CRM, file sharing, […]
  • Kloudless Universal File Storage On-Premises
    The Kloudless Universal File Storage On-Premises REST API is the enterprise version of the Kloudless Universal CRM REST API. Kloudless clients that choose enterprise service from Kloudless are able to access and integrate this API. The API allows developers to access and integrate the file storage functionalities of Kloudless with other applications and create new […]
  • Kloudless Universal CRM On-Premises
    The Kloudless Universal CRM On-Premises REST API is the enterprise version of the Kloudless Universal CRM REST API. Kloudless clients that choose enterprise service from Kloudless are able to access and integrate this API. The API allows developers to access and integrate the CRM functionalities of Kloudless with other applications and create new applications. Some […]
  • Lyrics N Music
    The Lyrics N Music API integrates the first 150 characters of a song into a website, aiming to comply with copyright regulations. It is available in JSON and JSONP formats with Api Key. Date Updated: 2016-08-29 Tags: [field_primary_category], [field_secondary_categories]
  • Campus Labs
    The Campus Labs API integrates educational data into applications. OAuth2 authentication is available with HTTP requests and JSON responses. Developers can explore courses, evaluations, notations, demographics, accounts, and outcomes interfaces. The Campus Labs platform helps unify campus data to help institutions make data-informed decisions. Date Updated: 2016-08-25 Tags: [field_primary_category], [field_secondary_categories]
  • Unofficial GoPro
    The Unofficial GoPro API allows developers to obtain camera parameters such as photo resolution, and battery status. Additionally, it can be used to control, livestream, or obtain data from a GoPro Wi-Fi enabled camera. This REST based API supports JSON for data exchange. Date Updated: 2016-08-25 Tags: [field_primary_category], [field_secondary_categories]
  • Twilio Lookups
    The Lookups API offers information about a phone number such as region-specific formatting, carrier details, and caller name information. Each request can obtain 1 or more types of data. This API returns information in JSON format, and requires API Keys for authentication. Twilio is a San Francisco based telephony infrastructure provider. Date Updated: 2016-08-24 Tags: […]