Video conferencing is one of those killer applications that a lot of people get initially excited about, but wind up seldom using. The reason for this ranges from everything from a lack of interoperability standards to the fact that setting up an appointment to walking down the hall to a another room to use a video conferencing system is more trouble than it’s worth, especially when the setting up of that video conferencing session usually requires an administrator or someone from IT to actually set up.
It used to be that integrating data across different applications required an unnatural act involving complicated pieces of middleware. In recent times, accomplishing that act has become easier thanks to lighter-weight middleware based on standard Web services and RESTful APIs. But even still, accomplishing that task still requires the skills of a developer. In contrast, the next revolution in data integration is going to be characterized by business users integrating data across applications on their own at will.
For this week’s API Jobs installment we have four senior positions at software companies big and small. With two in Silicon Valley and two in San Francisco, another clear trend is reinforced: the majority of API jobs are in the Bay Area. Have a job somewhere else? Create a featured listing on API Jobs to be included in next week’s ProgrammableWeb jobs post.
Heroku is at the end of its first full year as part of Salesforce.com. During that year, the number of applications running on the platform has grown eight fold to over 800,000. Byron Sebastian, Heroku’s CEO, said that much of this growth has come from an increasing presence of enterprise customers, many of whom are new to the API-driven Platform-as-a-Service offering that Heroku offers.
After Facebook announced that apps can be deployed to Heroku, the cloud platform saw tremendous growth. It’s on pace to add five times as many applications in 2011 as it had last year, likely fueled by being the only cloud service supported from within Facebook. The two companies introduced a new concept in developer relations, the “click-to-cloud” sample app.
Last week at the Dreamforce event in San Francisco, Saleforce.com unveiled its new mobile platform called touch.salesforce.com. Built with HTML5, touch.salesforce.com will allow users to access salesforce.com apps on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. At Dreamforce, Saleforce.com acknowledged that the future of the enterprise is both social and mobile, and the Salesforce.com APIs are a driving force.
Salesforce.com is holding its flagship event Dreamforce at Moscone Center in San Franscisco this week, and before we spend time covering some of its new initiatives in what the company calls the Social Enterprise, I thought it would be a good time to review the APIs that developers can use as part of the DeveloperForce program.
In an email newsletter to developers, Salesforce.com announced that a REST version of its API is on its way. While Salesforce is yet to provide details into this enhancement, the newsletter acknowledged that it will enable “simple HTTP and JSON as a possible output format, to make integrating with Force.com fast and easy.”
Peter Coffee, Director of Platform Research at Salesforce.com, has published a compelling post about “The Incredible Importance of Open APIs” over at the Force.com blog. In case you may have forgotten, Salesforce.com’s web APIs are an integral part of the company’s offerings, with a variety of internal and third party products that rely on these APIs for literally millions of transactions a day (in fact, by January, 2008 Salesforce.com had already served 24 billion API calls).
24 billion, that’s how many API calls have been served by Salesforce.com so far. This statistic along with others like 130 million transactions daily, 61,200 custom applications, and 750 AppExchange apps, were all highlight on stage today by CEO Marc Benioff who’s kicking-off “Tour de Fource”, the next phase of their Force.com services (for more [...]