Microsoft Releases Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 Beta

Eric Zeman, April 11th, 2014

Microsoft this week released Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 Beta for developers. The expanded set of open source tools should ease the pain of web programming and technical computing, and are being offered for free under the Apache 2.0 license.


Google Offers Early Look At Project Ara MDK

Eric Zeman, April 10th, 2014

Google this week unveiled a first release of the Project Ara Module Developers Kit; Google is calling it an MDK rather than SDK. The kit is truly in an alpha state at version 0.10. Despite its far-from-finished status, Google wanted to offer developers a peek at what they’ll be able to do with Project Ara.


Apigee Unveils Latest Version of Apigee Insights Analytics Platform

Michael Vizard, April 10th, 2014

After acquiring InsightsOne earlier this year, Apigee is now ready to show the first fruits of that labor. Apigee today launched an upgrade to the Apigee Insights Big Data analytics platform, that is tightly integrated with the Apigee Edge API management platform.


Facebook’s Hack Language Speeds Up Development Cycle

Janet Wagner, April 10th, 2014

HackFacebook has released an open source version of Hack, a programming language developed by Facebook that targets HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) and is designed to interoperate seamlessly with PHP. Hack was built to maintain the fast PHP development cycle while allowing for addition of features available in other modern programming languages.


OpenData 500 Launch Demonstrates Open Data API Value

Mark Boyd, April 9th, 2014

Open data advocates are often challenged to demonstrate the benefits and share the use cases of opening data before being able to encourage the next level of enabling access to open data via API. Now, two new U.S. resources are available that provide a more granular insight into how businesses are using open data to create products and power the next wave of industry innovation.


IBM Gains Patent for Encrypted Push Notifications in the Cloud

Michael Vizard, April 9th, 2014

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.


Smartsheet Releases Updated API, New SDKs and Launches Smartsheet Labs

Janet Wagner, April 4th, 2014

SmartsheetSmartsheet, a leading work management and collaboration platform provider, has announced the release of new SDKs, the launch of Smartsheet Labs, and updates to the Smartsheet API.


18F Counts On APIs To Help Government Improve Service Delivery

Mark Boyd, April 4th, 2014

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.


3Scale Launches Free Service for Managing API Consumption

Michael Vizard, April 3rd, 2014

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.


Mendix Unfurls RAD Development Environment in the Cloud

Michael Vizard, April 3rd, 2014

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.


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