API Strategy and Practice’s first European Conference, held in Amsterdam, wrapped up late Friday. Day Two of the conference continued to unfold the larger narrative that had begun on Day One, by first showing how APIs are being used across industries (from big brands to banking to non-profits). The day concluded by giving voice to the underlying values that APIs are making prevalent in the new shared economy, with talks by Kat Borlongan (from Five by Five), Adam Wiggins (co-founder of Heroku), and Adam DuVander (SendGrid and ProgrammableWeb).
Chess.com is receiving submissions from developers who are interested in developing ideas for Web sites, apps, extensions, or add-ons with a Chess.com API and support from the staff.
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.
Well over 600,000 developers participate in a topcoder community that not only allows them to expand their development skills, but also gives them access to projects where they can get paid for participating.
While industry analysts expected this year to be the year Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) took off, end-of-year assessments are suggesting that there is still room for further growth in 2014. Forecasters predict a 104% annual growth in the market to reach $7.7 billion in 2017, while this week’s acquisition of MBaaS vendor StackMob by PayPal has piqued more than a few businesses’ curiosity. Meanwhile, analysts from Forrester and major players like Rich Mendis from AnyPresence believe the MBaaS revolution is still yet to happen for the enterprise.
This past week 7 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 12 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Metro Transit NexTripand MotorsportReg.com. The most often used APIs this week are Facebook, Google Fusion Tables and Google Maps. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (3 APIs, 4 mashups), Database (2 APIs, 3 mashups) and Photos (2 APIs, 2 mashups).
The ZeroPush API is an iOS push notification tool designed to deliver more robust service than other notification tools. The company promises fast set up with Apple, Server Libraries for quick server side integration, ZeroPush Cocoapod client side integration, and great documentation for its programmatic interface to iOS notification tools. ZeroPush joins 40 other notification APIs in our directory.
Hall, communication and collaboration platform for teams and business, allows teams to integrate various apps through the Hall API. Hall offers a suite of tools and features that enable teams to communicate, provide feedback, and share work in a seamless fashion (e.g. chat, file sharing, video sharing, etc.). Hall believes the world is currently evolving to a new normal when it comes to communication and project completion.