Facebook has released an open source version of Hack, a programming language developed by Facebook that targets HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) and is designed to interoperate seamlessly with PHP. Hack was built to maintain the fast PHP development cycle while allowing for addition of features available in other modern programming languages.
Historically, entrepreneurs and businesses in need of capital to bring their ideas to life had limited options, such as venture capital, bank loans and credit cards. But thanks to crowdfunding services like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, it’s now possible for entrepreneurs and businesses to raise money from consumers willing to pre-order their wares.
There are major advantages to today’s applications being built atop APIs. If you’re reading ProgrammableWeb, there’s a good chance you know all about integrating with other services. The major disadvantage of modern distributed architecture is pretty obvious—someone else’s service could go down and it’s outside of your control. You might not even know a service is down, which is why many top API providers are now making status pages available. These sites help communicate to developers when anything is amiss with the API.
More and more companies are devoting more and more of their advertising budgets to digital channels such as search, social, and mobile. And for good reason: In many if not most cases, you can’t effectively reach your customers if you ignore the digital channels that are used on a daily basis by countless individuals.
Augmented reality applications are in demand as businesses try to create an application experience that is truly memorable. The Autonomy unit of Hewlett-Packard created Aurasma to enable building those types of application. The Aurasma content management system exposes triggers through which videos, images or 3D models are automatically launched.
Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp was obviously a boon for WhatsApp’s founders, employees and investors, but it also proved to be a good thing for several of WhatsApp’s biggest competitors.
Developers love APIs for many different reasons. They might browse the ProgrammableWeb directory to be inspired and get ideas for a project. They might be delighted to tie together two disparate sources with their code. One of the biggest reasons developers should love APIs is that APIs save them time — time they can spend elsewhere. And yet, even the smartest developer can be caught answering the question “Can we build it?” with an enthusiastic “Yes we can.”
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.
While developers have traditionally had a love-hate relationship with Facebook over the years, a new survey suggest that at least for the moment, developers want to be friends with Facebook more than ever.
Facebook just announced its acquisition of SportStream. Although SportStream identifies itself as a “group of die-hard sports fans,” the story underneath the acquisition truly represents an API story. Over the past few months, Facebook has been building its developer toolkit with an armory of new APIs and media partners have begun to flock to its new capabilities. The platform underlying SportStream, SportsBase, and its associated API will give Facebook greater visibility into sports-based conversations across the social media ecosystem.