The Web is based on a rather simple notion: There are Web servers and there are clients, such as browsers. It’s an asymmetric kind of a connection: Clients connect to servers to request stuff. This breaks when what we need is more interactivity–for example, when our online webmail service notifies us of a new email, an update to a stock tick or news item, or the ring of our virtual phone. To achieve that, we hack our way with things like XHR, SSE and, recently, WebSockets.
Mobile backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) provider Kii has launched a first-of-its-kind A/B testing feature for MBaaS customers, which can also be used as a stand-alone tool for mobile app developers. Kii CEO and Cofounder Masanari Arai and Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer Phani Pandrangi spoke with ProgrammableWeb about what the new features mean for mobile app developers and how to make use of their REST APIs and SDKs to better analyze the commercial potential, usage patterns, and growth opportunities of new app products.
Vimeo has announced the launch of a brand-new singular, unified Vimeo API with OAuth 2 support for authenticated API calls on videos, users, groups, channels, albums, and upload. The new singular Vimeo API, which is in open beta, replaces both of Vimeo’s Advanced and Simple APIs.
Japanese start-up Linkify has bypassed an API release and gone straight to an SDK launch of their latest mobile developer tools. Linkify aims to provide monetization opportunities by using keyword and graphics analysis to add paid links directly into content on mobile Web sites and app pages. Cofounder and CTO Ikuya Yamada spoke with ProgrammableWeb about how developers can commercialize their content and Linkify’s roadmap to an augmented-reality future based on text and graphics analytics.
Among other things, SXSW is a celebration of where we are going. Be it art, music, technology, the environment, education … the people at SXSW tend to have their finger on the pulse of those things that are changing the way the world works, plays and interacts.
As the database market continues to expand, many start-ups in the space are focusing on honing their key points of differentiation to carve out a customer market. FoundationDB — with founders from the Adobe-acquired Visual Sciences — believes that their transactional, API-at-the-core database software will continue to increase in importance as customers seek a NoSQL solution with the reliability of SQL. Cofounder and CEO of FoundationDB David Rosenthal spoke with ProgrammableWeb about how customers are using FoundationDB and why it is worth having an “extremely opinionated API” at its center.
Context.IO, an e-mail API provider, has announced a “lite” version of its popular Context.IO API. The Context.IO Lite API is not a replacement for the original API. Rather, Context.IO Lite started as a small project to improve Webhook performance. The potential of Lite quickly made itself known, so Context.IO decided to fully develop the Lite version and has now launched a beta version.
Nielsen, the media-measurement juggernaut, announced that it is opening up its API for the first time. Nielsen made the announcement alongside many other groundbreaking launches and promotions as SXSW continues to heat up. With coverage in more than 100 countries, Nielsen maintains a treasure trove of data that developers have long been eager to get their hands on. With the API release, developers can begin to build applications directly off data that is generated and maintained by Nielsen.
Bitrix24, an enterprise collaboration, project management and social network platform provider, has announced the launch of its Bitrix24 REST API, which provides developers programmatic access to the cloud version of the Bitrix24 platform.
ProgrammableWeb initially covered Cloudinary in 2012 as it was a burgeoning startup in the quickly growing cloud community. Today, Cloudinary announced a host of new image related add-ons that should help Cloudinary expand its offering and user base. Prior to the announcement, we caught up with Cloudinary CEO, Itai Lahan, to learn more.