Controlling a local database is vital for collecting tweets and users from the Twitter API. Once this is accomplished, you no longer have to worry about rate limits, API reliability or speed of access. I do most of my work with MySQL, but any server-based database can be used—even a flat file in CSV format is a viable solution for minimal storage needs.
Successful Twitter engagement is generally measured with the simple goal of gaining a high follower count, but true engagement doesn’t end with a follow-back—that is just the beginning. What you really need for success on Twitter is an ongoing conversation with like-minded individuals, folks who will provide informed feedback on your tweets, introduce you to their friends on Twitter who share your opinions and help spread your messages. This series of articles on engagement programming will show you how to use Twitter API 1.1 to move from simply following to truly engaging on Twitter.
Atlassian, a leading collaboration software provider, has announced the official release of version 2.0 Bitbucket REST APIs, which includes a brand new Pull Request API, new functionality and other improvements.
This weeks release of the APIkit from MuleSoft offers API developers access to a suite of open source tools starting with API consumer-facing design and extends to a backend connection with an enterprise’s business logic layer and resources. Built for the open source RAML specification, Reza Shafii, Director of Product Management at MuleSoft, told ProgrammableWeb how API developers were crucial to the product design, and why open source solutions are growing in popularity amongst enterprise and business customers.
BitTorrent, peer-to-peer file sharing provider, has announced an API for its increasingly popular BitTorrent Sync service. The BitTorrent Sync API is aimed at developers who desire to build apps and workflows that leverage BitTorrent Sync capabilities. Whether the app plays in social media, enterprise apps, communications, or otherwise; the API will enable decentralized syncing of data for increased privacy, security, efficiency, and less reliance on infrastructure.
A new not-for-profit launched by 3scale and API Evangelist aims to help speed up the process of developing APIs by encouraging the sharing of API code and descriptions. Launched at Defrag in Denver Colorado today, API Commons provides an open source-like, Creative Commons-modelled platform for developers to share and reuse API code. Co-Founder Steve Willmott spoke to ProgrammableWeb on the eve of the launch, while his fellow co-founder Kin Lane worked behind-the-scenes to upload some government open data API code examples.
With developers already sourcing code snippets to cut and paste into their dev projects, Runnable has launched to provide a “YouTube of code” social network. Runnable have calculated there are over 200 million code searches each month, as developers look to stand on the shoulders of giants – or at least each other – when creating quick, workable solutions to include in their projects.
API middleware is emerging as a key new industry segment in the API economy with at least two launch announcements expected today (including one at DataWeek) from services offering middleware tools to API developers. Meanwhile, in an exclusive for ProgrammableWeb, Webshell.io founders share details of their API integration platform interface, and discuss why trust is the principal currency in the API economy.
Social Foundry, plug and play API infrastructure provider, has announced REST support for its SOAPbox API adaptor. SOAPbox exposes database operations through web services. This simplifies API creation, so software and app developers can concentrate on functionality, not manual coding methods.