Industry conferences such as DeveloperWeek 2014 are a great way to take the temperature of current industry thinking: whether it be discussions among developers over coffee, an aside in a panel presentation, or the chance to compare two presentation styles from developer-focused services. With ProgrammableWeb at DeveloperWeek in San Francisco, here is some of the buzz that we heard.
DeveloperWeek has started in San Francisco, promising to offer a wide range of activities during the week, including two days of packed conference sessions, coding workshops, tech start-up open days, and evening hiring mixers. To kick start the week of events, DeveloperWeek hosted a hackathon at the Rackspace offices in San Francisco’s SoMa district.
According to the employment Web site Simply Hired, job advertisements for “developer evangelists” grew by 38% in 2013. The average salary for these new jobs was between $80K and $120K per year. With new vacancies from Twilio, Pebble, and HelloSign all being advertised this month, there is no end in sight for developers who want to combine marketing and business development skills with their programming expertise. ProgrammableWeb surveyed the career field and spoke with Context.io Developer Evangelist Tony Blank about what the job involves.
Talk to developers about their cache of great domain names and these days you’re likely to find a few Dot IOs in the mix. The ProgrammableWeb directory tracks the growth of this TLD, where the .io stands for Indian Ocean, not input/output. No matter, APIs and other developer-oriented services have made the domain extension popular, with nearly 100 APIs in the directory hosted on .io domains.
Return Path, a leading email intelligence solutions provider, has just announced that the company has acquired Email API provider Context.IO; investing in an email ecosystem that supports development of innovative third-party applications that integrate email data using the Context.IO Email API.
Yelp takes a big step forward by acquiring Qype. Chirpify expands its social commerce platform to include Instagram. Plus: Zuckerberg and Facebook have thought about charging for its APIs, but advertising is better, Rackspace Cloud Block Storage is now in unlimited availability and 14 new APIs.
Our API directory now includes 199 email APIs. The newest is the Uptime Robot API. The most popular, in terms of mashups, is the SendGrid API. We list 10 SendGrid mashups. Below you’ll find some more stats from the directory, including the entire list of email APIs.
I don’t think you have to be a developer to know that IMAP is a pain in the ass. Anyone who has used IMAP knows how wonky the experience can be, and as a developer if you have done more that basic folder listing and message display, you know IMAP is a headache. The Context.IO API is working to alleviate common IMAP headaches and it’s now out of beta.
This past week 17 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 32 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include ActBlue, Activ Financial, Active, Business.gov , Context.IO, Dropbox, MapQuest Open Directions, RhymeBrain and SMSMyBus. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Google Maps and YouTube. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Shopping (4 APIs, 4 mashups), Mapping (3 APIs, 5 mashups) and Social (3 APIs, 4 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
DokDok, a Montreal-based startup, has had an email attachment management application on Google Apps some time. To make this work, it made an API to use internally that intelligently uses email accounts as if they were datastores. Recently, the company announced that this API would be renamed Context.IO and available to all.