Open APIs: What's Hot, What's Not?

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What's hot in APIs? Here are 8 big trends in open APIs today. This SXSW 2012 talk covers monetization trends, technology trends and what makes developers love an API (hint: it's not stale documentation). These are drawn from our data and trends we're seeing at ProgrammableWeb.

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  • 1.Open APIsWhats HOTWhats NOTJohn Musser, ProgrammableWeb @johnmusser SXSW 2012

2. years 7 Is ,000 AP tor ies 5 news s 3 ,000 3. HOT or NOT 4. A VC fund for your APIHOT or NOT 5. $250,000$1,000,000$1,000,000$2,000,000 6. POST /GetStock HTTP/1.1 GET hRp://example.org/stock/IBM Host: www.example.org Content-Type: applicaHon/soap+xml IBM HOT or NOT 7. SOAP RESTPOST /GetStock HTTP/1.1 GET hRp://example.org/stock/IBM Host: www.example.org Content-Type: applicaHon/soap+xml IBM HOT or NOT 8. API protocols and stylesBased on directory of 4,000 web APIs listed at ProgrammableWeb, December 2011 9. { "symbol": IBM", 34.5 HOT or NOT 10. JSON XML{ "symbol": IBM", 34.5 HOT or NOT 11. Percentage of APIs with JSON support Based on directory of 4,000 web APIs listed at ProgrammableWeb, December 2011 12. 1,000,000 1,000,000,000HOT or NOT 13. API Billionaires1,000,000 1,000,000,000HOT or NOT 14. API Billionaires13 billion API calls / day (May 2011)10 billion API calls / month (January 2011)Over 260 billion objects stored in S3 (January 2011)1.6 billion API-delivered stories / month (October 2010)5 billion API calls / day(April 2010)1.1 billion API calls / day (April 2011)10 billion API calls / month (December 2011)12 billion API calls / month (May 2011) 15. HOT or NOT 16. HackathonsHOT or NOT 17. Hackathons # hackathons last 3 months: Jan: 35 Feb: 57 Mar: 68max prize in 2011 >= $100,000data via @kinlane 18. HOT or NOT 19. OAuth HTTP AuthHOT or NOT 20. 300+ OAuth APIs 21. HOT or NOT 22. Interactive DocumentationHOT or NOT 23. Select methodEnter paramsClick buttonSee resultsGo write code 24. HOT or NOT 25. Invisible MashupsOoyala = EC2 + S3 + SQSHOT or NOT 26. + Operating system = invisible mashup 27. A VC fund for your APIREST API billionairesJSONHackathons OAuthInteractive documentation Invisible mashups 28. Thank You QuesHons, ideas, comments?john@programmableweb.com @johnmusser 29. Photo credits Hackers: hRp://www.ickr.com/photos/hackny/5684846071/ Money: hRp://www.ickr.com/photos/amagill/3366720659 Million dollars: hRp://www.ickr.com/photos/ari/3706865646/ Pennies: hRp://www.ickr.com/photos/puuikibeach/6746802715/ Bored conference: hRp://www.ickr.com/photos/padorange/2580180117/