LumenData’s Acquisition of is a Win-Win

Ajay Ohri, January 8th, 2014

We have covered before on ProgrammableWeb and it is an exciting API using machine learning algorithms to deliver predictive analytics. It has specialized in classifying streaming data using machine learning. was acquired in December 2013 by LumenData, and we have an exclusive interview with co-founder Andy Bartley post the acquisition.

How Poor Parameter Defaults Can Create Security Issues

Patricio Robles, January 7th, 2014

The benefits of a well-designed, well-implemented, easily integated API are well known: happier developers, higher usage and, hopefully, greater profit as a result. While many high-level best practices for developing a great API have been established, a failure to pay close attention to small details, such as parameter defaults, can create big headaches.

How Ad & PR Agencies Are Getting On Board with APIs

Mark Boyd, December 23rd, 2013

This year has seen an increasing number of creative agencies incorporating APIs into the way they work. Sure, PR and digital creatives are using APIs in their monitoring and analytics to measure reach and impact of their efforts, but increasingly, they are using APIs to funnel realtime data into the very fabric of their campaigns and to ramp up audience engagement around a brand’s story. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Arvid Dyfverman from the award-winning Swedish PR agency, Deportivo, about how APIs are at the very center of their creative campaigns. Describes a Better Way to Extract Data

Ajay Ohri, December 20th, 2013

We have covered Web scraping before. As the amount of data that can be captured from the web increases, developers increasingly need a way to handle huge quantities of data downloads from the internet, both structured as well as unstructured. The basic underlying problem in creating custom scrapers is that websites often differ in the basic variety of formats, so a scraper that runs smoothly on some websites may return junk results on other websites.

10 Tips For Running a Successful Hackathon

Guest Author, December 20th, 2013

Following up on an earlier post outlining the top ten mistakes commonly made at hackathons, Brandon Wirtz now offers his take on ten things every organizer should do when running a hackathon.

3 Key Steps to Bring Your API to Market in 2014

Guest Author, December 20th, 2013

The team at Intel Mashery has helped launch more than 200 customer API programs, and has identified a few key steps that can encourage an overall API launch with the potential to generate new revenue streams, increase innovation and drive business development.

Is REST losing its flair – REST API Alternatives

Guest Author, December 19th, 2013
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The adoption of REST as the predominant method to build public APIs has over-shadowed any other API technology or approach in recent years. Although several alternatives (mainly SOAP) are still (very) prevalent in the enterprise, the early adopters of the API movement have taken a definitive stance against them and opted for REST as their approach and JSON as their preferred message format.

API Ratings Agency Moves Closer To Launch Date

Mark Boyd, December 9th, 2013

The API Ratings agency aimed at instilling greater trust amongst businesses entering the API economy is set to be unveiled early in 2014. Co-founder Jonathan Bourguignon presented at APIdays Paris last week to discuss the need for the crowdsourced service and told ProgrammableWeb more about the roadmap to launch.

How to Harness the Power of Open APIs

Adam DuVander, December 9th, 2013

TwilioIn the very early days of APIs, when John Musser founded ProgrammableWeb, the default for every new API was open–wide open. As the industry has matured, companies have become more careful to enter the open, public API waters. Though the number of APIs is still growing rapidly, most new APIs look very different from those of a few years ago. Popular services used to launch with public APIs, or perhaps have them soon after. Now the popular services are more likely to hold out for awhile, perhaps learning from those before. This wariness of openness has perhaps gone too far, ignoring the positive potential of embracing the ecosystem.

The Ultimate Developer Event: 4 Keys to Building Better REST APIs

Kevin Sundstrom, November 21st, 2013

Today at The Ultimate Developer Event, Jason Lengstorf provided 4 technical keys to building better REST APIs. Jason is Founder of Copter Labs, a web design and consulting company based in Portland, Oregon. In his mind, these keys are all simple, as long as you stick to the basics.

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