While there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the viability of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings as a distinct market apart from infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), there is no doubt that PaaS technologies are becoming more accessible in the cloud with each passing day.
The emergence of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings as a foundation to build applications in a way that abstracts traditional middleware is proving to be a boon for developers in the age of the cloud. The challenge is that there is no such thing as a single cloud. The cloud actually consists of a mix of programmable platforms that lie both inside and out of the traditional enterprise. Apprenda wants to make it easier to invoke those cloud resources with the inclusion of an API that allows developers to dynamically scale resources in response to user traffic demands or a specific policy requirement within the PaaS environment.
The line between what constitutes a platform versus an application is getting more blurry with each passing day. Applications are increasingly coming complete with SDKs that provide developers with access to APIs through which they can extend the application. Case in point is Decisyon, which recently launched a Decisyon 360 collaborative decision making (CDM) environment that makes extensive use of RESTful APIs and Web Services that are exposed via an SDK.
As part of an evolving mobile cloud services strategy Oracle envisions a world where developers will be able to shop for APIs in the equivalent of an online store. According to Suhas Uliyar, vice president of mobile strategy product management for Oracle, the initial focus of the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service platform is to allow internal IT organizations to set up their own backed-as-a-service (BaaS) capabilities to integrate mobile computing applications with a variety of backend systems running on Oracle software.
Genuitec, LLC, an enterprise Java and mobile development tools provider, has announced the full integration of Cloud APIs and enhanced REST Services in MyEclipse 2014 Workbench. Previous releases of MyEclipse provided developers with only limited REST services support. The release of MyEclipse 2014 provides developers the ability to generate REST services using simple click-through wizards.
There are trillions of dollars in transactions that to this day still depend on mainframes to be processed. This means any API economy that wants to succeed must ultimately include one of the most venerable platforms in all of enterprise IT.
Well over 600,000 developers participate in a topcoder community that not only allows them to expand their development skills, but also gives them access to projects where they can get paid for participating.
Application testing has become both complicated and expensive, since multiple programming languages are often used in application construction. Looking to simplify the application testing process while helping to reduce costs, Coverity this week announced the general availability of version 7.0 of the Coverity Development Testing Platform, which includes additional algorithms for analyzing C# code and Java security.
Demand for Big Data applications is clearly skyrocketing. But the challenge facing many developers is that the data needed to create those applications exists in structured, unstructured and semi-structured formats. Looking to make it easier to build these kinds of applications, Hewlett-Packard has added support for both a Java SDK and semi-structured data to the HP Vertica columnar database.