“That API Company” – A collection of fun, useful & accessible APIs to help anyone Teach, Learn, Build or Test. My way of giving back, and creating resources i wish were available when i was learning to code.
To date nearly 5000 developers have used them.
The Cat API – Free interactive API all about Cat images.
The Dog API – Free interactive API all about Dogs Images & Breeds.
The Donation API – Charitable donations for social impact projects with tangible outcomes. I’m currently working on this at Folo.world
In closed Beta:
- The SDG API – Tracking each countries progress towards the U.N.’s sustainable development goals
- The Image API – Free image hosting, optimisation, recognition & categorisation
- The Analytics API – Free, easy to implement analytics for any app or server
There are 6 more at the planning or Alpha stage. All are self funded & Ad-free.
Premise & trends that inform my decisions about public service API development:
- There’s not enough software engineers in the world
- Brilliance is evenly distributed in the world, but unevenly accessible
- Learning to be a software engineer takes a long time and isn’t engaging for all
- Too much of building technology involves remaking the wheel every project instead of focussing on the core problem.
- Developer focussed SaaS products are removing their free tiers – cutting out junior developers / weekend projects / those from emerging nations.
- Cost of Servers, Data Transfer and Latency is trending to zero.
- There’s not enough, low cost/ free, pragmatic services that cover 80% of use-cases.
Useful, Free & Massively scaled apps like Trello provide an excellent example
- Language & localisation are a key barrier to education & usage
- Citizens of cities are underused resource for their community
- Ability to scale globally should be table stakes