Runscope’s Sheehan: SDKs Add Unnecessary Layers of Abstraction

Amy Castor, November 25th, 2013

Today’s apps are as spread out as they’ve ever been, thanks to REST APIs, which make it easy to link into all kinds of backend services. That’s cool, but what if something goes awry? What if one of the APIs you are using breaks? How are you going to find out what’s wrong in order to fix it? For starters, keep things simple when you build your app and avoid using SDKs whenever possible.


PubNub Connects the WebRTC Dots With a Template

Amy Castor, November 21st, 2013

PubNubWebRTC makes it possible for anyone to create video and voice on the browser. But as cool as the new Web protocol is, it’s not always easy to work with. Building a full fledge video app requires complex and esoteric coding. You need other elements as well. For example, signaling to make the phone ring and authentication.


Fuse Seeks to Meld Your Car Data With Your World

Amy Castor, October 22nd, 2013

You have heard of fitness apps that collect personal data. Well, now a system is in the works to quantify your car data as well. Eventually, it will make that data available in personal APIs for other developers to build on.


Mechanical Nun Parses Sins, Dispels Your Guilt Via API

Amy Castor, October 16th, 2013

Sinners, you are not alone. That is the message a Mechanical Nun art project currently underway in San Francisco hopes to deliver. The nun will record your confession, parse your sins, and link those sins to a location. The data will then be made available in an API for visualization on a map so sinners can see they are in good company, and hopefully, as a result, be able to let go of some guilty feelings.


15 APIs Used in 7 Days: Klout, Bit.ly and PeerIndex

Matthew Scott, September 21st, 2013

This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 15 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include BookMoochPeekYou Social AnalyticsTravel Booking Engine and Travel Booking Network. The most often used APIs this week areGoodreadsGoogle Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Travel (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Social (3 APIs, 4 mashups) and Internet (2 APIs, 2 mashups).


9 APIs Used in 7 Days: Bit.ly, Foursquare and Twitter

Matthew Scott, September 7th, 2013

This past week 6 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 9 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include billomat and figo connect. The most often used API this week was Google Maps. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Financial (3 APIs, 3 mashups) and Internet (1 APIs, 1 mashups).


At Long Last, Buffer Lets You Schedule Posts to Your Google+ Page

Amy Castor, August 22nd, 2013

For a couple of years at least, Buffer fans have been clamoring for the social media service to integrate with Google+. Why can’t we schedule posts to our Google+ Pages?, they asked. The answer was because Google had not released a Google+ write API yet.


Evernote Rate Limits API to Encourage Responsible Programming

Amy Castor, August 15th, 2013

Evernote, the company that makes it easy to remember things, wants developers to use its API responsibly. To ensure this, the company is imposing rate limits on its API, it announced on a blog post. Those limits go into effect today (August 14) for non-production API keys. Existing users have until November 1 to adjust to the change.


OpenStreetMap Anyone? OpenCage Is Making the Data More Accessible

Amy Castor, August 8th, 2013

The fact that so many people these days are walking around with smartphones that track exactly where they are has opened up big opportunities for location-based services.


LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner: Robust Ads API Program ‘High Priority’

Amy Castor, August 5th, 2013

LinkedIn soon may be joining Twitter and Facebook in adding a robust Ads API program to its marketing efforts. During a third quarter earnings call, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner said an Ads API is a “high priority” for the company.


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