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.
Smartphones will continue to play a bigger role in our lives. The results of a recent study by research firm Mind Commerce confirms this. According to the report, the telecom networks API industry will grow 38% and account for $157 billion in global revenue by 2018.
The popularity of hackathons shows no sign of slowing. As software makers increasingly seek opportunities for camaraderie and creative expression, all types of organizations are planning to host events that keep their cause or product at the forefront of innovation. We estimate that there were around 350 hackathons in the U.S. in 2012, and that there will be roughly twice as many in 2013. Given this proliferation, hackathon organizers are wise to understand that their event is likely competing for the attention of local software developers.
Software developers are the new rock stars of the business industry. Grabbing their attention is hard, and actually maintaining it is even more difficult. Here is a quick look at the tools you’ll need to get developers using your API.