Hewlett-Packard is looking to make its application testing tools more accessible than ever via implementations that are hosted in the cloud. Developers can access these tools via RESTful APIs. Kelly Emo, director of product marketing for HP Software, says that by making HP LoadRunner 12 and HP Performance Center 12 available as a cloud service, HP is making a concerted effort to introduce a broader spectrum of organizations to its application testing tools.
Acision, leader in the mobile services space, has launched the Forge API. Forge constitutes an API that gives developers and enterprises access to enterprise grade communications features (e.g. SMS, VoIP, WebRTC, etc.). The API access allows developers to easily build mobile applications with such features. The new release allows users to take advantage of Acision’s carrier grade enterprise reliability with with agility expected in the mobile space.
This week, we had 54 new APIs added to our API directory including a mobile advertising platform, an API for the Finland National Gallery of Art, and a platform for building and managing video games. We also covered a twist in the eCommerce game with Cashtie now accepting cash payments for digital goods.
After months of anticipation and eager watching from the sidelines by developers across the board, Pinterest has begun releasing access to a new suite of API endpoints aimed at building strong business relationships and generating value flow to Pinterest end users. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Pinterest Head of Developer Relations, Jason Costa, about the new APIs. We also spoke with Jinny Kwon, from Random House, about how they created a recommendation engine with the Pinterest APIs.
Last week marked the end of Evernote Accelerator Program capped by the demo day on Thursday. The Accelerator is a month-long, fully paid residency program where six startup teams from around the world were given the opportunity to study an on-premise startup curriculum at Evernote’s offices. The demo day acted as a capstone to the event, allowing the teams to show off the progress made on each of their products; each using the Evernote API. ProgrammableWeb caught up with Evernote’s Director of Developer Relations Rafe Needleman for some insight into the product teams and their experiences in the Accelerator.
Writing API documentation for software being created with an agile process can be especially challenging because what is being documented is constantly being changed. Project managers and developer leads must assign resources to writers up front, and writers should speak up as soon as issues arise because documentation challenges can snowball much faster in an agile environment.
If you are interested in mobile development, the Sprint Developer Program is hosting a 24-hour hackathon for mobile developers October 17. The event will take place as part of the CTIA MobleCON at the San Jose Convention Center.
In this second of a series of articles about encouraging API adoption, I talked with Ronan Quirke, Developer Partner Programs Manager from Xero. Xero is an online accounting platform that’s closely tied with accounting firms. While originally started in New Zealand, Xero has made a recent push into North America and hopes to break Intuit’s stranglehold on the US market.