Open data startup Enigma has released its platform to the public and now provides the open Enigma API so that developers can begin drawing on open data sources and feeding them into their applications. Co-founder Marc DaCosta spoke with ProgrammableWeb about the importance of encouraging developer involvement, and why Enigma can succeed when other open data platforms have had difficulties building a sustainable model.
Developers have always exercised more influence over all things IT than generally acknowledged. But now it looks like the reach of that influence is starting to extend well into business and society itself. A new survey of 1,000 software developers in the U.S. published today by Chef, providers of an open source framework for automating the management of IT, finds that 94 percent of the developers surveyed expect to be a revolutionary influence in major segments of the economy during the next five years. Additionally, 63 percent feel a talented software developer has more power to change society than a talented public speaker.
An inventive, inspiring use of the Google Places API. APIs at the heart of secure cloud apps. Plus: Apache “Olingo” becomes top level project, a database of 1 million syllabi allows you to study up, and 6 new APIs.
This week, we had 44 new APIs added to our API directory including a user login solution for applications, a food truck directory for Chicago, and a Google+ analytics platform. We also shared coverage of a series of API conferences in Northern Europe, Nordic APIs.
Microsoft’s OneNote API team will show off the ease of use of the OneNote and OneDrive APIs at the upcoming Build 2014 conference. Plus, Tuenti to use Tweakker API platform and 9 new APIs.
In a keynote at this morning’s program of the API Strategy and Practice conference in Amsterdam, Webshell founder Mehdi Medjaoui urged API providers to “take a leap of faith” and agree on an open API definition that can be shared across the industry.
MachineShop plans to deliver a service that normalizes all the data being collected across the Internet of Things (IoT). The MachineShop service, formally launched today with $3 million in funding, normalizes data formats across a wide range of APIs. It connects devices in a way that provides access to a common set of business logic, event management and communications services that MachineShop manages.
As the database market continues to expand, many start-ups in the space are focusing on honing their key points of differentiation to carve out a customer market. FoundationDB — with founders from the Adobe-acquired Visual Sciences — believes that their transactional, API-at-the-core database software will continue to increase in importance as customers seek a NoSQL solution with the reliability of SQL. Cofounder and CEO of FoundationDB David Rosenthal spoke with ProgrammableWeb about how customers are using FoundationDB and why it is worth having an “extremely opinionated API” at its center.
Almost 12 years ago, Roy Fielding introduced Representational State Transfer (REST) in his dissertation on Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures. Since then, APIs adopting the REST architectural style (so-called “RESTful” APIs) have gradually increased in popularity. Nonetheless, a key constraint that Fielding proposed has yet to be adopted as a mainstream feature of RESTful APIs. This feature is known as Hypermedia as the Engine of Application State, or HATEOAS. APIs that enforce this constraint are referred to as HATEOAS-compliant APIs. More generally, APIs that adopt the characteristics of HATEOAS are called “Hypermedia APIs.”
Google has released a new version of the Google Visualization API that features new chart types including sankey diagrams, calendar charts and annotation charts. The release also includes new features and improvements such as string to number conversion in datatables, the ability to export corecharts and geocharts as PNGs, and crosshairs for scatter, line and combo charts.