Publisher Pearson recently launched its new API program with three of its top titles. The new platform provides a common set of tools that developers have grown accustomed to: documentation, sample code, app showcase, blog, forum and FAQs, for example. Pearson has a lot of content to pick from with its core offerings, as well as its numerous partners, and they decided to start by launching three very different content APIs: FT Press API, Longman Dictionary API and Eyewitness Guide to London API.
E-signature company DocuSign is celebrating its new San Francisco office with a Hackathon on May 14 and 15. The event will bring developers together to build atop its DocuSign Enterprise API. After 35 non-stop hours of heated competition, four winners will receive $25,000 (USD) cash prizes.
Quick pointer to a couple of interesting, thoughtful posts on mashups this week:
The growth of mashups continued throughout 2006: Dion Hinchcliffe does a good thorough review of the state of mashups today: lots of examples but lots of unanswered questions and models yet to be defined or proven (the “value proposition”), potential support issues, monetization [...]
Quick pointer to the story on mashups by Jennifer Schiff over at E-Commerce Guide, “The Lowdown on Mash-Ups”. The article takes a very commerce-centric view of mashups, looking at where money is, or isn’t, being made in mashups. It includes interviews with me, analyst Freeman Evans over at Jupiter Research, and Robert Yeager, the developer [...]
This week’s issue of BusinessWeek has a four-part special report entitled “CEO Guide to Mashups” by Rachael King. The articles cover the enterprise mashup space, consumer mashups, mobile and banking mashups.
Building a Business on a Mashup: “These combos of disparate programs or Web applications are in the hobbyist phase, but entrepreneurs are seeking to turn [...]
In news closer to home, as Tim O’Reilly noted this week, in conjunction with this year’s Web 2.0 Summit O’Reilly Media has just published a 100 page report Web 2.0 Principles and Best Practices, with yours truly as the author. It is a pragmatic guide to the why, what, how and who of Web 2.0: [...]
Quick note on a story run yesterday over at law.com by John K. Waters: Mashups to Re-Map the Legal Tech Market?. It seems that the first “legal-tech mashup” might be a Google Maps feature added to the Lawbase software suite from 25-year-old vendor Synaptec Software. The examples of how this might be used given by [...]
That is the message from Quentin Hardy’s interesting article in the current issue of Forbes: The Google Industrial Complex. He makes a good case for it. “Every time you run a Google search, you make its brain more powerful…With every ad click comes a little more revenue.” (Of course Forbes was also on the [...]
Duane Merrill over at IBM’s Developerworks just posted this good introductory overview Mashups: The new breed of Web app. He covers the various genres (as classified by tag here), the technologies including REST/SOAP, Ajax, RSS, RDF and screen scraping. And perhaps the most interesting part, the “Technical Challenges” section that looks at issues in data [...]
Just a quick pointer to a fun writeup by Jenny Shank about her husband Julien’s experiences of creating and publicizing the very good mashup WeatherMole. The second segment of the story is a great account of the cycle of publicity that many mashups hope for.
Jenny correctly guessed that early on I had noticed [...]