Mobile developers have come to rely on a number of backend-as-a-service (BaaS) offerings that make developing and deploying mobile applications a whole lot simpler. Now Sencha wants to take that that concept to the next logical conclusion in the form of an extension to its application development tools that turns the Microsoft Azure cloud into a BaaS environment for mobile applications.
For many companies, translation is seen as an either-or proposition: Either you have humans performing translations, or you accept what a machine provides. But a Portugal-based start-up called Unbabel thinks it can provide better translations more cost-efficiently by offering the best of both worlds.
ProgrammableWeb first covered Ordr.in a little over a year ago as it released APIs during Hackfood the Hackathon. Since then, Ordr.in has made significant strides in its relationships with developers and partners. Two relationships Ordr.in announces this week include partnerships with Microsoft and Delivery.com.
One of the primary reasons that organizations embrace agile development methodologies is on the assumption that faster application development will result in more applications being developed faster. The challenge is actually managing that process in a world where the number of languages and data sources being used is rapidly expanding.
If two is a survey and three is a trend then API management has arrived. With the acquisition of Apiphany last week by Microsoft many of the independent providers of frameworks are being gobbled up as leading vendors vie for control of an emerging API economy.
Microsoft, AOL and Yahoo are teaming up to develop specifications for advertising APIs, the trio announced Tuesday. The goal is to make it easier for media buyers to discover, price and order premium digital inventory.
It’s a natural part of the API lifecycle for some to no longer be available. According to the ProgrammableWeb directory, about 13% of those that were once alive are now considered “deadpooled.” Of the companies tracked in the directory, Google tops the list with 33 discontinued APIs. However, it also has the most APIs. Percentage-wise, a handful of phone carriers seem most apt to kill APIs.
Windows Azure, the mobile back end as a service platform, has added custom APIs, Git, NPM, Android Push Notifications, along with a free SQL DB. As Scott Guthrie, who builds for Microsoft, demonstrates on his “Scottgu blog,” the creation of custom APIs is extremely simple. Here’s the first shot at the start of building an API that works with a to do list.
Microsoft as expected last week announced that it would be integrating its Yammer social networking and Skype unified communications services with Microsoft Dynamics CRM software. This week Microsoft took that effort a step further via an alliance with Moxie Software under which another social networking application for the enterprise is being integrated within Microsoft Dynamics.