There’s a lot of focus these days on securing applications and the devices that consume them. But when it comes to all the layers of software in between that enable all the applications to be consumed, security has largely been an oversight.
APIs are at the heart of a new initiative aimed at giving the U.S. government the agility and flexibility needed to serve today’s citizens, communities and businesses. The White House’s General Services Administration (GSA) has established “18F,” a new department aimed at providing open source tools and demonstrating new ways of working with entrepreneurs and innovators to deliver digital services to government agencies, businesses and citizens.
There are plenty of tools for those that create and manage APIs. But when it comes to those that need to consume those APIs there are not so many. Looking to rectify that situation 3Scale, a provider of API management tools, launched a beta version of a free APItools service specifically designed to meet the needs of organizations that need to consume APIs.
Moving to make their rapid application development platform as widely accessible as possible, Mendix today launched Mendix AppCloud. Announced at the Mendix World 2014 conference, AppCloud is an implementation of the company’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment that is used for rapidly developing applications on a cloud platform managed by Mendix. In addition, Mendix also announced that it is making available a free community edition of its PaaS environment that small teams of up to 10 developers can use to build applications.
When it comes to enterprise, IT compliance has been and always will be a headache to one degree or another. The issue in the cloud computing era is that end users can now store almost any type of file anywhere. The good news is that most of those places are a service that exposes an API.
A series of conferences known as the Nordic APIs have started a four-day tour of four countries in Northern Europe. The mission: Bringing API discussions to the capitals of Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. Presentations by sponsors MuleSoft (parent company of ProgrammableWeb), Ping Identity, Twilio, Axway and Layer 7 are joined by local speakers in each country under the overarching theme of “Private, Partner and Public APIs.” The first event, held in Stockholm today, was fully booked, with events in Copenhagen and Helsinki also expected to reach audience capacity. ProgrammableWeb spoke with presenters and participants at the opening event.
A trend is starting to emerge: Advanced technologies are being made available first as cloud services that organizations can invoke easily via an API, rather than having to figure out how to deploy and master themselves. The latest example of that trend is a cloud service from AlchemyAPI that takes advantage of machine learning and computer vision technologies to allow publishers and providers of ad networks to more easily monetize content.
The initial buzz at drinks for the end of day one of API Strategy and Practice was: “Our minds have been blown.” The audience response is evident from three talks yesterday at API Strategy and Practice in Amsterdam. Presentations aimed at developers moved from a global rethink of what coding actually is (Mike Amundsen) to how to think and manage APIs as the core unit in distributed systems (John Sheehan) to a best practice daily toolkit for developers writing code and integrating APIs (Bruno Pedro).