ProgrammableWeb’s Editor-in-chief David Berlind moderated a lively panel session at the recent DeveloperWeek conference in San Francisco. The panel included industry thought leaders Jason Harmon from PayPal, Jeremiah Lee Cohick (Fitbit), Alex Salazar (Stormpath), Uri Sarid from MuleSoft (the parent company of ProgrammableWeb) and John Musser, founder of both ProgrammableWeb and API Science. In an hour-long panel on “emergent APIs,” panelists covered API design, SDKs versus APIs and the challenge of API versioning. Bonus points: Each shared their number one piece advice for developers in businesses charged with creating their first API.
Skype is closing its desktop API at the end of 2013. Stormpath joins the AWS marketplace and partner network. Plus: a hack-day tool for parsing civic data and 13 new APIs.
Last week, for the first time I had the opportunity to attend the Glue conference in Broomfield, CO. An aptly named conference, Glue’s mission is to provide a technical forum for web application builders, architects, and integrators to talk about the various technologies that stick together to make a web platform and its associated applications. It’s one of the most exciting and nerdy places you can go, and it’s well worth the investment if you’re in this industry. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of this conference is the co-mingling of Big Enterprise and Scrappy Start-up.
Of the many APIs we published this week, ten were highlighted on the blog by our team of writers. In this post, we’ll shine a spotlight on those ten, which included the Rixty API. Rixty was conceived as alternative payment solution for online shoppers who would rather pay cash then risk their sensitive data on the Internet. The Rixty API simply gives developers access to the functionality so they can integrate the system onto their own website. Users must visit one of 500,000 retail locations to exchange their cash for a Rixty code(currency), that is redeemed from the API.
Question: How did a company that is essentially an API raise $8.2 million? Answer: by smartly targeting a fat market (identity access management in the cloud) that has great need, according to the press release,
APIs open up a lot of unique opportunities that require engineers with diverse skill sets. You can see this in both the engineering and evangelism roles below from Stormpath, Xero and Klout. Being a polyglot is as important as ever, especially when the technology you’re building by definition can work with everything else.
Stormpath, user management and authentication service, recently announced a new round of funding that will allow it to enhance the Stormpath API. The Stormpath team believes that its API presents a disruptive technology that empowers developers at the SMB level through technology not available to enterprises utilizing legacy tools and software.
YouTube has integrated with Gengo and Translated.net to allow seamless caption translation. The LinkedIn API has moved to OAuth 2.0. Plus: StackMob launches enterprise API marketplace, Rackspace open sources PHP SDK for OpenCloud, and 8 new APIs.