Simply stated: “Tinypass is a powerful e-commerce platform that helps sites charge for access to content.” Developers and site owners can utilize the Tinypass platform by adding a plugin for popular CMS platforms (e.g. Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.); or, developers can integrate Tinypass functionality into apps and third party sites with the Tinypass API.
Rackspace has announced the launch of two new SDKs (Software Development Kits) that make it easier for developers to create applications that utilize OpenStack APIs. The two new SDKs are for Java and PHP, however, Rackspace will be releasing SDKs that support other programming languages in the future.
At least once a week someone says they wish a business partner would create some application or feature to address a specific need they have. Unfortunately, that idea generally falls by the wayside because the person with the idea knows that business partner doesn’t have either the will or the capacity to execute.
Wiris (pronounced Wyrees) from Barcelona has introduced Quizzes, an API to help you create mathematical tests and evaluate student answers. Along with its Editor and Cas (an advanced online calculator), Quizzes is part of the Wiris suite that can be plugged into a learning management system. LMS partners include Moodlerooms (used by Roanoke College and the California State University system) and Fireflysolutions.
Today at its latest Campfire One event, Google announced major updates to Google App Engine, their scalable cloud computing platform for web applications. App Engine developers will soon be able to create web-scale applications using standard Java APIs, and will be able to create AJAX components using Google’s Web Toolkit. Other major features include cron support for scheduling tasks, tools for securely accessing and importing data, and a new Google development plugin for the Eclipse IDE.
WeatherBug announced the winners of its recent WeatherBug API Excellence Contest. As we reported last month, prizes were offered for applications developed on different WeatherBug API platforms (PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, etc.).
If you want to write mashups in Java these libraries might save you a lot of time. Just as with the 12 Ruby Resources we looked at last week, these resources can greatly simplify access to major APIs. Some are officially supported by the API providers themselves and others are independent, open source efforts.
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