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The Integration Platform Discovery Toolbox is a project of Left Hook Digital. Made with endless curiosity in Durham, NH.
Current as of 3/13/2017
Left Hook's Integration Platform Discovery Toolbox is comprised of three related resources:
- A database of any/all Connector Sets found on more than thirty different Integration Platforms (see them all).
- A well-documented API that allows for RESTful access to our database.
- A Search Tool, to allow for quick searches by app name.
Over 1,000 different SaaS companies and internet-enabled software tools are found in our database, with more added each week.
Launched in March 2017, the Discovery Toolbox is in BETA status. More and better resources are forthcoming. See our Road Map for future features and additional resources.
About our API
While the Search Tool provides some instant searching to non-technical users, the Discovery API includes even more interesting data via these RESTful endpoints:
- Get List of Platform Names
- Get a List of Apps Enabled on a Platform
- Get Platform Stats, including Number of Apps on Platform
- Get List of Platforms by App Name (Search Tool)
Data Acquisition Techniques
Left Hook's database of +1,000 apps on 30+ Integration Platforms was acquired through the art of web scraping.
We employ a number of different scraping technologies to harvest public data from published webpages, including Cheerio for Node.js, the Nightmare headless browser, and several other custom-coded tools to collect data from dynamic websites.
Do you know of an Integration Platform NOT currently in our data set? Let us know!
Have a data set you'd like scraped and databased? Live chat with us to learn more about our wide-ranging development services.
Our web scrapers run weekly to keep our database of connector sets current for each platform.
Consumption-ready data is stored in a MongoDB hosted at MLabs. We've built a custom application that reconciles new data with older data, and creates both a current and historical snapshot of the data set.
Need a custom database or API layer built to power your business? Live chat with us to learn more about our wide-ranging development services.
The current feature and data set of the Discovery Toolbox is both in BETA and admittedly incomplete.
Over time we intend to improve the data quality and search experience, add new dimensions to the data set, provide more integration platforms, and offer new ways to consume this data via user-friendly tools like Slack Bot.
Keep up with our plans and participate via our Trello board. (coming soon)
Have specific feedback or requests?
Why We Built the Toolbox
Left Hook Digital is a consultancy that specializes in software integration. We're experts at helping software companies build highly consumable APIs via a thoughtful, "user-driven" integration strategy.
A critical way to provide integrations at scale are Integration Platforms like the 30+ services included in our Discovery Toolbox.
Left Hook's developers are deeply experienced at building for two different customers:
- API Providers (typically SaaS or app companies) looking to improve their integration options for their users
- Businesses (large and small) needing custom integration solutions and workflow consulting to automate their business processes
Because we serve both API Providers and Consumers (i.e. businesses using apps), we have a unique perspective on how great integrations work.
We built the Discovery Toolbox to help our Business clients quickly find multiple options for "citizen integration," which we support and encourage.
Need an API for your Saa, or integration strategy that works for your users? Want to see your app highly represented in our data set?
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