Oscar-nominated film Her would have us believe that in the future we may fall in love with our operating systems. Or at the very least, it shows a much more fluid interaction with technology. Through mostly a speech interface, people are able to read email, search and view photos. Merge this with the Internet of Things that is taking over our present and you can see the power of APIs that speak your language.
Postman is a powerful HTTP client to test web services that was created by Abhinav Asthana, a programmer and designer based in Bangalore, India. Postman makes it possible for developers to test, develop and document APIs easily and efficiently by allowing users to put together simple and complex HTTP requests quickly.
Do you have potentially complex objects you need ready access to on the client? The Indexed Database API—while still evolving—may be just the tool you need.
The XML vs. JSON debate is one of the bigger topics in developer circles during the last decade. Although XML has several advantages, such as being a defined standard since 1996, JSON’s lighter approach has proved popular. ProgrammableWeb’s historical API data shows that XML as a data format peaked in mid-2009, but that JSON has been rising for the last eight years.
Quandl, a company that launched a search engine for numerical data in January 2013, plans on introducing a brand new uploading tool in early 2014 which will make it possible for users to upload their own datasets to the Quandl platform. In February of this year, the Toronto-based company launched the Quandl API which provides programmatic access to every single dataset available on Quandl.
Chris Sheldrick, CEO of the London-based company what3words, has taken a novel approach to the task of navigation with a new API. Sheldrick’s idea stems from the logistical difficulties he encountered while working internationally in the music business. During that period in his career, Sheldrick was faced with coordinating the rendezvous of dozens of people in remote locations. Despite his best efforts at communication, people would still find themselves calling one another on the day of a meeting, seeking clarification on the location of the meeting place.
A little more than one week has passed since Buffer’s infrastructure was successfully hacked, resulting in a flood of unauthorized posts to Twitter and Facebook. Shortly after ProgrammableWeb’s investigation of the hack revealed how more questions about the attack deserved to be answered, Buffer disclosed some of the answers on its blog. But more questions remained and Buffer’s CTO Sunil Sadasivan has come forward to answer them in this ProgrammableWeb exclusive Q&A.
There’s more than meets the eye to October’s successful attack on Buffer. Due to the significant legal and financial risks alone, the incident involving identity theft should serve as a wake-up call to end-users, Web developers, and API providers that not enough is being done to secure the Web.
Just because your favorite US Government Web site is reachable during the federal shutdown doesn’t mean that the APIs that go with it aren’t impacted. As ProgrammableWeb editor-in-chief discovers, there could be more to the government shutdown than meets the eye.
An emerging trend is taking place where platforms are increasingly letting developers interact with their APIs through SDKs. Layer 7’s Scott Morrison comments on why this is happening and when it makes sense, noting that “SDKs make the service subordinate to the client, thus inverting a hierarchy that goes back to the early days of distributed computing.”