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.
Cisco today unveiled a new application management framework driven by RESTful APIs that is tied to an open source controller that will give developers complete control over any piece of physical or virtual resource on the network.
The API economy is only going to be as strong as the quality of the APIs that enable it. Unfortunately, not all APIs are created equal in terms of quality, which collectively tends to act like a drag on the API economy.
When it comes to traditional enterprise applications the nature of the APIs being used doesn’t change all that often. For that reason developers of enterprise applications tend to prefer work at a higher level of abstraction that relies on connectors rather than lower level APIs to reduce the complexity associated with building composite applications in the enterprise.
Building APIs not only requires discipline; ideally, the process also should be incorporated within the actual development process of the application. With that goal in mind, Zend, a provider of application development tools for building PHP applications, is promoting the adoption of a new open-source Apigility project that provides a standardized way to build and maintain multiple versions of an API.
SOA Software is bringing the flexibility of a distributed cloud storage service – like Amazon Web Services – to the enterprise, and manageability via API. The latest service in a run of recent announcements from SOA Software, the new Datacenter API Platform is expected to be announced today at CloudExpo in San Jose. ProgrammableWeb caught up with SOA Software’s VP of Product Marketing, Sachin Agarwal at API Strategy and Practice for a pre-briefing.
The whole point of investing in Big Data is to drive the development of a new generation of data-driven applications. The challenge most organizations will face is that once they build those applications they will need to have a robust set of APIs through which to share the information those applications create.
The existence of APIs has made it possible for organizations to collect and aggregate unprecedented amounts of customer data. What’s not so clear is how to actually go about harnessing it. That issue is giving rise to a host of customer intelligence applications that leverage APIs to ingest data and then, in turn, make analysis of that data available via an external API.
One of the primary reasons that organizations embrace agile development methodologies is on the assumption that faster application development will result in more applications being developed faster. The challenge is actually managing that process in a world where the number of languages and data sources being used is rapidly expanding.
One of the more intriguing aspects of the API economy is an emergence of an Internet of Things (IoT) that promises to be programmable via any number of APIs.
Looking to accelerate that existence of an actual Internet of Things, as opposed to simply having a bunch of things connected to the Internet, Cisco today at The Internet of Things World Forum announced it is creating a new IoT Group to push the adoption of three-tier architecture for building IoT platforms.