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Open APIs: State of the Market



In this presentation filmed during QCon SF 2008, John Musser talks about Open APIs, their history, their current status and trends. He also talks about what makes an Open API successful, the business models behind them and some related technological details.


John Musser is the founder of, the leading online resource for mashups, APIs and the web as platform. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Washington, and has written "Web 2.0: Principles and Best Practices".

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Feb 20, 2009

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  • 1000 API's and rapidly growing?

    by Lionell Griffith,

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    I thought the Microsoft API fomenting cacophony was over the top. This is absurd beyond absurdity. Its a Ponzi scheme that will collapse under its own weight. No one can become competent with a 100 API's let alone 1000...2000...5000.... Its not even possible to pick a few right ones to bet your future on. That is if you expect your future to exist more than a few weeks.

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