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Open APIs – State of the Market 2011

John Musser of presented the following results of his latest research on API development and adoption trends at the Glue Conference, 2011 held May 25th and 26th, 2011 in Broomfield, Colorado.  The following presentation has many excellent insights and analysis regarding the direction of API development.

Here are a few of the take-aways from the presentation:

  • Fifteen of the most popular segments of the software market now have over 100 APIs available in each, with Internet (252) and Social (225) applications and platforms leading all categories.
  • REST-based protocols are now dominating all API protocols and styles, and are projected to continue their growth into 2012.
  • As of 2011, 55% of all APIs support JSON and 20% are entirely JSON-based.
  • Proliferation of business models based on APIs over applications, with Amazon Web Services, Retailigence, Twilio and others mentioned 
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