Open Data Now: Hottest Contenders for 2014

Mark Boyd, January 1st, 2014

A book about open data, to be released in January—and the launch of a pilot website showcasing open data businesses—both forecast a big year for open data in 2014, and highlight the importance of APIs in powering this new wave of innovation. ProgrammableWeb spoke with Joel Gurin, author of Open Data Now, and reviewed some of the businesses that make up the preliminary Open Data 500 list.

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.

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.

Exclusive Interview: App Store Analytics API

Ajay Ohri, December 4th, 2013

Stats iOS is a service that focuses on extended statistics of Apple’s App Store. Here is an interview with Igor Korsakov, co-founder of this interesting API startup. In this free wheeling interview Igor introduces us to “grey” App Store Search Engine Optimization. The idea is SEO extended to Apple App Store results.

How the QuickPrints API Rebuilt Walgreens Photo Printing Service

Mark Boyd, November 27th, 2013

Walgreens QuickPrintsAs pharmacy retail giant Walgreens has announced a new revenue sharing program that rewards in-app developers using its QuickPrints API with a bigger slice of the customer pie, we take a closer look at the business model behind the API.

The Ultimate Developer Event: Backbone.js and CoffeeScript

Kevin Sundstrom, November 20th, 2013

Today at The Ultimate Developer Event, Chad Pytel is leading a workshop on building client-side web applications with Backbone.js and CoffeeScript. Chad is CEO of thoughtbot, a web and mobile design & development firm that has locations across the globe.

B2D Strategies Part 2: The Power of the Private Beta Release

Mark Boyd, November 8th, 2013

In Part 1 of our four-part look at the developer experience and business-to-developer (B2D) marketing strategies, we reviewed the toe-dipping exercise of gauging developer interest in an API and how to use a landing page signup to better define potential developer segments — or personas — who may need access to a business’ data assets via an API. In Part 2, we look at how two web services businesses, Unbounce and Wordtracker, have managed a private beta release of their APIs.

OAuth Protects Users in Compromise of Social Site Buffer

Guest Author, November 6th, 2013

Last week, the social posting site Buffer had both their database of access tokens and their OAuth client secrets compromised by attacks on Github and MongoDB. Buffer uses Github to store their client_secret in source code and MongoDB to store their access tokens.

PW Interview: José Luis Martinez of Textalytics

Ajay Ohri, November 6th, 2013

In our continuing focus on Analytics APIs that help enterprises come closer to the customer by easier integration through APIs, here is an interview with José Luis Martinez of  Textalytics. Textalytics is a brand by Daedalus, a Spanish SME that has been working in the field of natural language processing since 1998.

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