The popularity of hackathons shows no sign of slowing. As software makers increasingly seek opportunities for camaraderie and creative expression, all types of organizations are planning to host events that keep their cause or product at the forefront of innovation. We estimate that there were around 350 hackathons in the U.S. in 2012, and that there will be roughly twice as many in 2013. Given this proliferation, hackathon organizers are wise to understand that their event is likely competing for the attention of local software developers.
As promised in my last blog “Big Data, API, and IoT …..Newer technologies protected by older security” here is a deep dive on Big Data security and how to effortlessly secure Big Data effectively. Like many other open source models, Hadoop has followed a path that hasn’t focused much on security. In order to effectively use Big Data, it needs to be secured properly.
Any mobile app that does anything interesting has an API. Yet most of the apps that help you get interesting things done do not expose that API to developers. For many of us, a to-do lists are the arteries of our work-life. Some popular task apps that could be integrating the disparate parts of our lives are instead maintaining silos of task data.
Bandwidth’s SMPP-based SMS will be used to seamlessly connect with carriers in the U.S. According to the press release, Nexmo has become a new wholesale SMS customer using using short message peer-to-peer (SMPP) protocol. In separate email interviews I talked about this with Steve Leonard, EVP and GM at Bandwidth, and then with Nexmo’s CEO and co-founder Tony Jamous. First, the interview with Bandwidth.
Global interest in hackathons is growing fast, with many events booking out shortly after being announced. Developers keen to test out new skills in real world environments, and entrepreneurs who want to connect with a readily assembled network of do-ers are driving global growth in hackathon events. And with more businesses looking to use hackathons as a way to evangelize their APIs, there’s no sign that this trend will slow down any time soon.
The United States’ White House has developed a set of API standards they are hoping will be used across all government agencies. The standards were developed following a number of API releases, including the White House’s We The People API that allows citizen petition collection and lodgement. The new API standards document naming conventions, minimum requirements, and best practices for RESTful interfaces, while also acknowledging the importance of offering a “positive developer experience” through their API releases.
Everybody knows about SMS these days, and as it has become a regular part of daily life here in the United States, so too have simple, easy-to-use SMS APIs become available for developers to use. But few people know that MMS – Multimedia Message Service – is just as common and pervasive a part of the U.S. mobile ecosystem, and that MMS APIs are also available.
According to estimates by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, in 2022 the average household with two teenage children will own roughly 50 Internet-connected devices, up from approximately ten today. Conservative estimates put the number of connected devices currently at approximately 12 billion, with the number due to grow to 50 billion by 2020, according to a separate Cisco study. Therefore, while the trend known as the Internet of things (IoT) isn’t a new idea, with each new Wifi-enabled thermostat and each new car dashboard touchscreen, it is steadily becoming a reality.
Software developers are the new rock stars of the business industry. Grabbing their attention is hard, and actually maintaining it is even more difficult. Here is a quick look at the tools you’ll need to get developers using your API.
Need to get organized but fearful of the hairball of project management applications? Breeze, started by Rene Vahtel, offers tools that take nearly zero time to understand, so you can focus on the results for the project without getting bogged down in learning how to use the planning tools.