OAuth is becoming a very popular way to control authorized access to Web APIs and the data that they return. Although it’s one of the most straightforward ways to accomplish this, it’s still rather confusing to use. If your API uses OAuth, then you need to be able to describe it so that developers can quickly understand what they need to do.
The Gray Lady is getting her code on. In Andre Behrens’s New York Times blog, Open, billed as “All the code that’s fit to printf(),” he recounts events on coding and science held in 2012. Two of the notable events were the well-attended one on Big Data and Smarter Scaling and their Open Source Science Fair.
Codeacademy has just launched its program for APIs for open release. The well known Codecademy is a team of hackers working hard to build a better way for anyone to teach, and learn, how to code. Their investors have been Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, O’Reilly, SV Angel, Thrive Capital, CrunchFund, Collaborative Fund, Founder Collective, Yuri Milner, Vivi Nevo, Richard Branson, and several others.
Okay, spot the New Year’s resolution that’s different: lose weight, exercise, stop procrastinating, build one App every weekday using APIs. Yeah. That last one is the focus of Purchase College student Ali Fairhurst. She’s created a website of her work, APIaday, pledging to build a new App 5 days a week through January.
Last night two presidential candidates fought it out for the second debate before the 2012 election. Today, voters ask the natural question: who won the debate? As usual, the answer depends on who is asked. One side of the media reports that Romney won. Not shockingly, the other side boasts that Obama won. What if we could rely on technology to provide an unbiased, objective report on the outcome of the debate? Introducing ReConstitution 2012 (created by a partnership between SoSo Limited, Vice, and Intel’s The Creator’s Project)
Geeklist offers developers an online haven to present their work, connect with other developers, and gain credit for achievements. Geeklist’s lean staff proudly states that Geeklist was “[b]uilt by developers, for developers… we make geeks lives better every day.” The API allows developers to create their own applications and services and retrieve any needed data from the Geeklist database. The API has remained in private beta since the Geeklist’s original launch, but will open to the public with a 48-hour hackathon from November 30 – December 3.
Parse, a leading backend-as-a-Service mobile SDK provider, has launched a new service called Cloud Code making it possible for app developers to add custom backend code that is easily accessible by any client (iOS, Android, HTML5, or via the REST API) without servers.
Having a web API is an essential part of doing business online today. We wanted to help get you started. So we took some time to pull together a list of the RESTful or RESTish (however you choose to view it) API frameworks, that can help you deploy your API faster.