App developers suggest Uber's API release puts them in the driver's seat

Some application programming interfaces take a while to catch developers' interest, but an API announcement from on-demand driving service Uber had plenty of app and mobile game makers ready to put the pedal to the metal. 

Uber, which allows users to enjoy a private car service via its mobile app, said it would be opening up its technology to any and all that could find a good fit. The firm already had a number of well-known app publishers and startups lined up to provide examples of how its API could work with a successful business. 

The mood among developers on Twitter when Uber's API came out can only be described as celebratory: 

The big question mark, of course, is who will be first out of the gate with Uber-based apps beyond the initial list of partners. 

Given how Twitter and others started out with open APIs and then pulled back, though, not all developers were ready to trust Uber. 

For the most part, developers sounded more than ready to fasten their seat belts and get started with the API.