SAP has more than 1,500 applications and services, and with the emergence of SAP HANA as an in-memory computing platform, the company plans to expand its application portfolio even more. The challenge is figuring out how to make it easier for developers to integrate all those applications.
Controlling a local database is vital for collecting tweets and users from the Twitter API. Once this is accomplished, you no longer have to worry about rate limits, API reliability or speed of access. I do most of my work with MySQL, but any server-based database can be used—even a flat file in CSV format is a viable solution for minimal storage needs.
Successful Twitter engagement is generally measured with the simple goal of gaining a high follower count, but true engagement doesn’t end with a follow-back—that is just the beginning. What you really need for success on Twitter is an ongoing conversation with like-minded individuals, folks who will provide informed feedback on your tweets, introduce you to their friends on Twitter who share your opinions and help spread your messages. This series of articles on engagement programming will show you how to use Twitter API 1.1 to move from simply following to truly engaging on Twitter.
Californian startup Espresso Logic has been given $1.6 million by investors who believe the backend service provider can create the “executable napkin”. Espresso Logic also promises to make using SQL databases as simple as NoSQL, CEO R. Paul Singh told ProgrammableWeb after the funding announcement.
APIs tend to go wherever the data is, so with more data than ever showing up in Hadoop, it stands to reason that APIs would soon follow. At the Strata Conference and Hadoop World 2013 event today, Cloudera announced a Cloudera Connect: Innovators program under which developers are invited to build applications that invoke an API that Cloudera in partnership with DataBricks has created for its distribution of Hadoop.
As demand for Big Data applications continues to increase developers are being forced to confront some fundamental issues associated with traditional extract, transform and load (ETL). Simply put the ETL processes and technology they have in place was never designed to handle loading massive amounts of data into an application.
GreatNonprofits; leading developer of tools that allow people to find, review, and share information about charities and nonprofits; has announced that it will launch a bi-directional API. The API will allow information to flow two directions. Reviewers can submit reviews via the API and third party applications can include reviews within content. Craiglist founder, Craig Newmark, recently invested in GreatNonprofits in hopes that it would become the Yelp of nonprofits.
Splice Machine prides itself on being the only transactional SQL-on-Hadoop database aimed at giving developers an easy-to-learn tool for managing big data in the enterprise. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Splice Machine’s CEO Monte Zweben at the recent API World and Data Week conference in San Francisco – where they won a Top Innovator award – to discuss how API developers can access the best-of-both-worlds SQL and NoSQL database engine to return contextual and personalization data in realtime.
The issue that a lot of organizations have with anything to do with NoSQL comes down to the Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, Durability (ACID) test. Most SQL database administrators (DBAs) worship at the altar of database reliability based on these attributes. When presented with a new database management platform to manage they will resist anything that in their minds is going to make the ACID grade.
Developers have consumed APIs as a matter of practice for some time now. It’s second nature. But the flip side–creating an API–is not performed with the same regularity. To some extent, this is changing as more developers become both consumers and providers of APIs. Below you’ll find some tools and services that make the process of creating an API much simpler.