Backend-as-a-Service provider Espresso Logic has continued to build on its RESTful API services this week with the launch of the new Live Browser feature. The new service allows enterprise and business customers to first convert any database into an API, and then to create an application “in 30 seconds”. VP of Business Development, Ron Kaplan, talked to ProgrammableWeb about how the new service can be used to prototype and test an API design based on a company’s existing data assets.
Blood and oxygen monitoring is available on the newly-released Pulse O2 from Withings. AgeCheq helps API providers comply with child privacy laws. Plus: MEVU’s Bitcoin Wallet makes paying a real gesture, Enterprise Document Viewer’s New API, and 4 new APIs.
Mapbox adds a new navigation service for apps. Cloudwords releases APIs and new machine translation capability. Plus: Convergence Innovation competition winners, CA Technologies simplifies enterprise cloud and mobile delivery, and 3 new APIs.
So far more than 650 APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in 2014 and some new trends are starting to emerge. Some recent popular categories remain near the top of the charts. The financial APIs that put APIs in the mainstream continue to expand, adding about 50 new APIs in the first quarter. A few other categories were less consistent and had extreme rises or falls in popularity.
While there’s no doubt that the influence of developers has never been greater, a debate is starting to emerge concerning how much power developers now wield across the enterprise. At the Red Hat 2014 Summit last week, Deepak Advani, IBM general manager for cloud and smarter infrastructure, told attendees that developers are now the kingmakers of enterprise IT. To back up that claim Advani noted that not only do developers today decide what APIs will be published, but increasingly they determine what technologies are actually deployed.
WSO2 is set to host three workshops on integrated ecosystems across three Asia-Pacific cities throughout the month of May. Plus, the role of APIs in cross-border currency transfer and 11 new APIs.
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.
Ever since developers discovered the ability to directly manipulate large amounts of data using NoSQL databases, there has been a proliferation of database types across the enterprise. While an increase in the number of database options has been a boon to developers; it creates a level of unprecedented complexity when it comes to managing the overall enterprise IT environment.
Phase2 streamlines humanitarian API for Reliefweb. The game Civilization: Beyond Earth hardwires support for Mantle’s API. Plus: getting started with data publishing, Beatport’s API for music culture, and 3 new APIs.