Microsoft Releases Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 Beta

Eric Zeman, April 11th, 2014

Microsoft this week released Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 Beta for developers. The expanded set of open source tools should ease the pain of web programming and technical computing, and are being offered for free under the Apache 2.0 license.

Zoeticx Unfurls Healthcare Application Platfom in the Cloud

Michael Vizard, March 28th, 2014

There are a lot of opportunities for developers in the healthcare space, but accessing the data needed to drive those applications can be maddeningly frustrating. There are no shortage of electronic medical record (EMR) systems, but they all have their own proprietary interfaces.

Oracle Reunifies Java via Massive Upgrade

Michael Vizard, March 25th, 2014

Moving to reunify Java in a way that will make it easier for developers to build applications spanning everything from the Internet of Things (IoT) to sophisticated backend Web applications running in the cloud, Oracle today released Java Platform, Standard Edition 8 and Java Platform, Micro Edition 8. The latest versions of Java 8 reduce the number of primary instances of Java down to two.

CTP Updates Cloud API Compatibility Testing Tool

Michael Vizard, March 11th, 2014

When it comes to the cloud, there is no shortage of platforms and associated APIs that developers need to watch when deploying their applications. Not only do developers need to ensure that an application is compatible with a specific set of cloud APIs, they also need to make sure the application stays compatible over time as APIs evolve and change.

CloudBees Puts PaaS on Verizon Cloud

Michael Vizard, February 20th, 2014

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.

Apprenda APIs Enable Private PaaS Deployments to Dynamically Scale

Michael Vizard, February 3rd, 2014

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.

Decisyon Leverages APIs to Turn CDM into a Platform

Michael Vizard, January 31st, 2014

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.

Oracle Plans to Reunify Java for IoT Age

Michael Vizard, January 30th, 2014

Starting this spring, Oracle plans to unify its Java API strategy around the introduction of updates to Java Platform, Standard Edition (JavaSE) and Java Platform, Micro Edition (JavaME).

Oracle Envisions Opening API Stores in the Cloud

Michael Vizard, January 24th, 2014

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.

MyEclipse 2014 Adds REST Server API Automation

Janet Wagner, January 21st, 2014

MyEclipseGenuitec, 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.

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