Friday, June 29, 2012

Foursquare Connect App

It sounds like Facebook Connect App, however it is not much like Facebook connect.

Read about this from their engineering blog post, and their App Platform documentation to request a preview.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Zynga API - With Friends

Zynga announced that it will release a public API that will allow third-party developers to take advantage of its technology.

Don't rush to find out what their API offers.

Because it is not there yet. Go to, and all you can is watch a unrelated video, and contact them.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pusher: Another real-time push vs PubNub

In my last post, I mentioned PubNub as a popular real time push service.

There a similar service, call Pusher.

There are some differences. Technically, Pusher uses Websocket while PubNub uses Http Streaming/Long Polling techniques.

But both techniques work pretty well, so that aside, let's look at their pricing.

The difference in pricing is that Pusher is somehow simpler and better than PubNub. Pusher does not have a "channel" concept. That means you can have as many connections in a single channel even with their lower tier plans! Pusher does not make channel part of their pricing!

Another the number of from messages Pusher looks to be more.

If I will to use PubNub, looks like the highest tier Galaxy plan is the only choice to go.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

SMRT API - bus arrival timing

SMRT (Singapore bus company) does have some APIs, including that of real time bus arrival time.

For example:

I first found out about the API from UP Singapore, a hackathon event. But it might be there just for the 2 weeks event.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Obama Ordered All Government Agencies to Have an API

To help better serve Americans, Obama has issued a directive that requires all agencies to establish programming interfaces for internal and external developers to use, and make “applicable Government information open and machine-readable by default.”

Each agency has to put up their digital strategy on their .gov website in 90 days. Let's see..

Friday, June 8, 2012

Diablo 3 API - Hero Profile etc

Games are now open with API too.

Blizzard's WoW and Diablo 3 have fairly similar API for the game.

Read all about an introduction preview to Diablo 3 API. More information at the forum.

Anyway, there isn't an Auction House API, and is not planned.

To request for an API key, read this. You basically send an email to with subject "Application Registration Request" and your contact information and explain why you need the key.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Google Drive API

Almost as soon as Google Drive was launched, Google Drive API is launched. You can CRUD files on yours, or your users, Google Drive.

The API is launched with 5 SDKs at start - Java, Python, PHP, .NET and Ruby.

This is again a storage API.