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.
Do you know what it means to be “brogrammer?” Can you tell the difference between a real hackathon prize and a lame attempt to patronize developers? Meet Brandon Wirtz who recently participated at some hackathons and has some constructive feedback for the people who organize them.
Businesses are taking advantage of the ubiquity of mobile devices and SMS. This tutorial describes how to send an SMS message to a phone with PHP using the Twilio API. Twilio provides numerous communications services, including the ability to make and receive phone calls through the browser, mobile or desktop, send and receive SMS and MMS messages, and handle short codes.
As more and more Web and mobile applications utilize APIs to drive their respective front ends, performance becomes an emerging concern. XML, long used as a method for exchanging data, is giving way to JSON, now considered the gold standard. But is JSON always the right choice over XML? This article examines the foundations of JSON and XML and the differences between them, providing recommendations for how to choose the right path.
Writing API documentation for software being created with an agile process can be especially challenging because what is being documented is constantly being changed. Project managers and developer leads must assign resources to writers up front, and writers should speak up as soon as issues arise because documentation challenges can snowball much faster in an agile environment.
A workshop on open government data pathways by API Evangelist and current White House Innovation Fellow, Kin Lane, shows there is still plenty of potential for developers, startups and interested citizens to influence the government open data agenda and make use of government data assets. Lane ran the workshop as part of the pre-opening day’s workshop series at API Strategy and Practice, being held in San Francisco for the rest of the week.
Any company that makes an API knows that just having the API is not enough. A bare endpoint is probably worse than not having an API at all. To make your API and platform useful you need documentation, tools, examples and forums. If you are a successful API company you start developing a community of people that work with your service. The community shares ideas and helps each other out.
Last month ProgrammableWeb reported that Codecademy had launched a new curriculum featuring website and application development using APIs. Codecademy has just announced the addition of new APIs and courses to the curriculum.
I really like playing around with cutting edge technologies. One of them is GoodData CloudConnect, the tool for ETL and building GoodData projects. Since we released this new feature, I have dozens of ideas how the data from various sources can be easily transformed in the cloud. Recently, for example, I found myself wondering: “How about using the Google BigQuery API as a data source? What about visualizing the data from it in GoodData?”
Hystrix: it’s the genus name for “Old World” porcupines, and it’s also the latest release from Netflix. But you won’t see it in their catalog of movie and TV titles, and you can’t add it to your queue, because it’s not content–it’s how Netflix makes sure its content is highly available. Now, Netflix has made Hystrix open source, for anyone using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to implement in their own cloud applications. Read on for details on this “resilience engineering” code library.