Although the acquisition of Autonomy by Hewlett-Packard may go down as one of the most questionable financial transactions in the history of IT, the core search and indexing technology that Autonomy developed is emerging as the lynchpin of a new set of API services that HP intends to expose to application developers.
100TB, a rising Web hosting provider, has launched its first API: the Tera API. The API is aimed at 100TB’s reseller customers. 100TB describes an API as a potential “trump card” in a reseller’s hand because it allows a reseller’s end users to control servers directly through the reseller. With the correct API methods available to the reseller, the end users no longer have the need for a third party to manage their servers. In its first release, the Tera API comes stocked with a wide array of methods, and the company anticipates that the list will grow.
The emergence of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings as a foundation to build applications in a way that abstracts traditional middleware is proving to be a boon for developers in the age of the cloud. The challenge is that there is no such thing as a single cloud. The cloud actually consists of a mix of programmable platforms that lie both inside and out of the traditional enterprise. Apprenda wants to make it easier to invoke those cloud resources with the inclusion of an API that allows developers to dynamically scale resources in response to user traffic demands or a specific policy requirement within the PaaS environment.
Connected cars are one of the primary use cases for the Internet of Things (IoT) that capture the imagination of the general public and developers alike. At the Machine-2-Machine (M2M) Evolution Conference that was held this week at part of a larger ITEXPO event, PubNub announced that it is making available a Connected Car Solution Kit that developers can employ to access a range back-end cloud services that will enable to them to more easily build and deliver connected car applications.
Marking what has been a multi-year journey, Telerik today unveiled Telerik Platform, which combines a rich set of tools for developing applications for multiple platforms with cloud services that manage the application lifecycle process.
As a concept, quantum computing is one of those topics that generates far more debate than actual usage. Not only are there quarrels about the applicability of different types of approaches to quantum computing; there’s still a fair amount of debate over whether quantum computing applications will prove to be all that much faster than conventional computing applications.
As part of an evolving mobile cloud services strategy Oracle envisions a world where developers will be able to shop for APIs in the equivalent of an online store. According to Suhas Uliyar, vice president of mobile strategy product management for Oracle, the initial focus of the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service platform is to allow internal IT organizations to set up their own backed-as-a-service (BaaS) capabilities to integrate mobile computing applications with a variety of backend systems running on Oracle software.
nMile, mobile and web application developer, has launched the beta trial for new cloud-based content management system (CMS): Podium.io. Podium.io seeks to give application owners more control over applications with simplified content management after an easy integration with Podium. ProgrammableWeb chatted with nMile founder, Josh Dechant, about the release.
Hard on the heels of a recent move to make its Watson supercomputer a service that developers can invoke via RESTful APIs, IBM is now making $100 million available to help developers build cognitive computing applications that can run on top of Watson.
Well over 600,000 developers participate in a topcoder community that not only allows them to expand their development skills, but also gives them access to projects where they can get paid for participating.