Windows Phone Developers in a Tiff Over Lack Of Advertising

Eric Zeman, March 12th, 2014

It’s hard to get excited about developing applications if there’s no payoff for your efforts. That’s the general consensus arising among makers of Windows Phone applications, who are dissatisfied with the poor sell through of advertisements. With no money coming in from ads, some developers say they’ll have to start charging for their apps – or quit supporting Windows Phone.

Gargl Offers Open Source Scraping Solution for Unofficial API Creation

Patricio Robles, March 7th, 2014

While the number of APIs grows by leaps and bounds every year, only a fraction of websites offer official APIs. Not willing to wait, those who want and need data are increasingly taking matters into their own hands through the creation of unofficial APIs. A new tool, Gargl, gives individuals an open-source option for doing just that.

The Emergence of API-First Development

Patricio Robles, January 9th, 2014

How an API was designed and implemented is usually of little interest to consumers of the thousands of APIs available today. What matters most is that an API works, is easy to integrate and solves a real problem. But for the growing number of companies looking to take advantage of the booming API economy and considering developing APIs, design is an important subject.

JSON’s Eight Year Convergence With XML

Adam DuVander, December 26th, 2013

The XML vs. JSON debate is one of the bigger topics in developer circles during the last decade. Although XML has several advantages, such as being a defined standard since 1996, JSON’s lighter approach has proved popular. ProgrammableWeb’s historical API data shows that XML as a data format peaked in mid-2009, but that JSON has been rising for the last eight years.

Your Data May Not Be Safe From Unofficial APIs

Patricio Robles, December 20th, 2013

“Should we offer an API?” is a question more and more executives are asking. Data is digital gold, and successfully controlling and monetizing access to data is creating new revenue opportunities for many businesses. But executives assuming that they get to answer the question “Should we offer an API?” may be in for a rude [...]

Can Developers use APIs and Data Tools like to Create Commercial Products?

Mark Boyd, December 19th, 2013

Startups that want to design innovative products and services using data that’s accessible via the web now have better data mining tools, thanks in part to startups like the award-winning Meanwhile, the recent settlement between U.S. startup People+ and AOL around accessing the entire Crunchbase database via API for a Google Glass app means there could be greater clarity for startups around data usage rights when creating commercial ventures. ProgrammableWeb spoke with co-founder and chief data officer Andrew Fogg and Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney Mitch Stoltz to discuss commercial trends in data scraping and developer rights in using data via APIs for business product design.

B2D Strategies Part 1: The ‘API Coming Soon’ Landing Page Trend

Mark Boyd, November 5th, 2013

It seems like somewhere between the 9,000 and 10,000 mark, API providers shifted their strategies even further toward providing a strong, sophisticated and appealing developer experience from initial contact on. In this four-part series, ProgrammableWeb looks at current practices in B2D from pre-release, through private beta, to API documentation and to ongoing developer engagement. Each article surveys current practitioners and includes a resource list for those wanting to step up their B2D game.

How APIs Fuel Innovation

Guest Author, October 21st, 2013

There has been so much talk about APIs and how they add additional revenue channels, create brand new partnerships, allow business partners to integrate with ease, and how they help with promoting your brand. But an important and underlooked aspect, which happens to be a byproduct of this new paradigm shift, is the faster innovation channel they provide.

When SDKs Are Better Than APIs

Guest Author, October 4th, 2013

An emerging trend is taking place where platforms are increasingly letting developers interact with their APIs through SDKs. Layer 7’s Scott Morrison comments on why this is happening and when it makes sense, noting that “SDKs make the service subordinate to the client, thus inverting a hierarchy that goes back to the early days of distributed computing.”

Quantified Humanity

Guest Author, October 4th, 2013

This guest post comes from Lorinda Brandon, Director, Customer Community at Mashery. You can follow her on Twitter or at Mashery.
This week’s Business of APIs conference in New York City brought together an agenda that highlighted some of the biggest trendsetters in the API industry today. As the industry continues to mature, trends are beginning to emerge as [...]

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