MQTT Promotes Standards, Interoperability on IoT

Patricio Robles, April 18th, 2014

Last week MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) provided developers with a signal that it may be emerging as the de facto protocol for the IoT. This validation comes in the light of positive MQTT Interoperability Test Day results that were published by the host of the event: The Eclipse Foundation and the Eclipse IoT Working Group.


Today in APIs: Google Night Walk Uses Places API to Tour Marseille, and 6 New APIs

Greg Bates, April 8th, 2014

Google PlacesAn 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.


Goodzer vs. Retailigence: Putting Local Shopping APIs to the Test

John Lynn, March 23rd, 2014

Online shopping is easy, fast and convenient, but sometimes only the brick-and-mortar experience will do—like when you need modeling clay for your child’s science project due … tomorrow! Luckily, our mobile devices can still serve us well in the physical world, helping us compare prices and find inventory at the closest store.


These Great APIs Speak Your Language

Adam DuVander, February 10th, 2014

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.


Review: Postman Client Makes RESTful API Exploration a Breeze

Janet Wagner, January 27th, 2014

Postman REST ClientPostman 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.


Take a Walk On the Client Side

Michael Hurley, January 14th, 2014

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.


JSON’s Eight Year Convergence With XML

Adam DuVander, December 26th, 2013

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 Announces New Tool for Dataset Uploading

Janet Wagner, December 17th, 2013

QuandlQuandl, 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.


what3words API Takes New Navigation Tack

Stuart Iler, December 16th, 2013

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.


GitHub Now Involved As Buffer Answers More Questions About Attack

David Berlind, November 5th, 2013

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.


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