Wearables were a hot trend at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona this week. No fewer than six devices made their debut, including fitness bands and full-on smartwatches. Without app support, however, these tools are little more than expensive jewelry.
On February 20-21, The Small Business Web will host its annual Summit in San Jose, Calif. Registration is open and PW readers can receive a $50 discount by entering “PWEB” as the discount code. To learn more about the event, its history and what’s in store for 2014, PW caught up with The Small Business Web Founder and Olark’s Chief Marketing Olarker, Sunir Shah. Shah provided us a brief history of the event.
This week, we had 36 new APIs added to our API directory including a restaurant discovery application, a digital identification verification service, and an anti-piracy and content monitoring service. We also discussed parameter defaults and security issues in APIs.
Our API directory now includes 64 domain APIs. The newest is the
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This week, we had 54 new APIs added to our API directory including a social people search API, a multi-lingual social network, and a product information and pricing provider. We also discussed hackathons and the top 10 mistakes in running hackathons.
A new not-for-profit launched by 3scale and API Evangelist aims to help speed up the process of developing APIs by encouraging the sharing of API code and descriptions. Launched at Defrag in Denver Colorado today, API Commons provides an open source-like, Creative Commons-modelled platform for developers to share and reuse API code. Co-Founder Steve Willmott spoke to ProgrammableWeb on the eve of the launch, while his fellow co-founder Kin Lane worked behind-the-scenes to upload some government open data API code examples.
As the API economy continues to grow and mature one of the challenges that will continue to face businesses is how to get their APIs noticed. ProgrammableWeb currently lists over 10,000 APIs and as enterprises embrace APIs and connected devices become even more prevalent, that number will only continue to grow. During last week’s API Strategy and Practice conference, Chris Haddad, VP of Technology Evangelism at WSO2 took time to chat with ProgrammableWeb about his company’s strategy for opening channels of discovery and monetization through API branding.