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API Discovery

In the early days of the web API movement (2005-2010), to find APIs, you went to ProgrammableWeb, which was the only site on the web that was exclusively dedicated to APIs. Discovery happened via the PW directory and constant stream of news and analysis from the space.

ProgrammableWeb is still relevant in 2013, but as the number of APIs grows, the directory model is not meeting the demand for finding the best of breed APIs that developers are needing to build web and mobile apps.

Among the API tech sector there is always discussion around the need for programatic discovery in API the API space. Something that uses a WADL-like approach to describing APIs, so that the next generation of API directories, IDEs and other systems can discover, understand, monitor and integrate with APIs--with less human involvement. In short, this vision hasn't been achieved.

API discovery has two sides, finding the APIs you need and having your API be found. As part of API Evangelist, I'd like help pay attention to both sides of this coin, and bring together the best news, analysis, tools and services for API Discovery.


7 Key Practices for Treating Your APIs as Products

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We are excited to have Joe Takeuchi, API Sales Engineer at VerticalResponse, share his thoughts about APIs as products with the Intel Services audience.Learn more about VerticleResponse here and see what they have to say on Twitter.  Building an API is a huge undertaking, but developing a program around it and making it a viable product is a challenge in and of itself.In successful API programs, companies have learned to treat their APIs as standalone products with their own audience and to carve out new revenue streams.At Vertical Response, we’ve taken the time to carefully and thoroughly understand the developer’s journey with our API......read more.



5 Things to Understand About Successful “Open” APIs

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This guest post comes from Intel’s Chuck Freedman API Strategist and Director of Vertical Insights, always looking at the benefits of APIs from many perspectives.Take a closer look at the recently celebrated and deservedly promising Uber Open API launch and you won’t see a free-for-all service.There’s nothing about this platform, or any successful platform for that matter, that says “Here are our APIs and do whatever with them you please.” To launch a successful platform, the true use of Open in the API sense is to selectively expose the very same services, content or data a company uses itself.This is motivated by......read more.