Last week MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) provided developers with a signal that it may be emerging as the de facto protocol for the IoT. This validation comes in the light of positive MQTT Interoperability Test Day results that were published by the host of the event: The Eclipse Foundation and the Eclipse IoT Working Group.
Looking to turn the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) into something that more closely resembles an actual platform of developing interoperable applications, IBM, GE, Intel, Cisco and AT&T announced today that they are coming together to form an Industrial Internet Consortium (ICC). Dr. Richard Soley, executive director of the ICC and CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG) that is managing ICC, says the ICC will be an organization dedicated to identifying and resolving interoperability issues limiting the development of IoT applications.
At the opening workshops of API Strategy and Practice in Amsterdam yesterday, the CitySDK team presented their progress on developing a set of open APIs that will enable developers to create applications for tourism, mobility and civic participation in one city. These APIs can then be replicated in other cities also using the same uniform API structure.
In a keynote at this morning’s program of the API Strategy and Practice conference in Amsterdam, Webshell founder Mehdi Medjaoui urged API providers to “take a leap of faith” and agree on an open API definition that can be shared across the industry.
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.
Rendering engines inside browsers have been the subject of some of the fiercest debate across the Web. Although HTML5 represents a significant advance in terms of the richness of Web applications, industry giants such as Facebook have balked over what are often described as “black box” implementations of rendering engines in browsers that support HTML5 and that were not nearly as fast as native environments on mobile computing devices.
The adoption of REST as the predominant method to build public APIs has over-shadowed any other API technology or approach in recent years. Although several alternatives (mainly SOAP) are still (very) prevalent in the enterprise, the early adopters of the API movement have taken a definitive stance against them and opted for REST as their approach and JSON as their preferred message format.
API middleware is emerging as a key new industry segment in the API economy with at least two launch announcements expected today (including one at DataWeek) from services offering middleware tools to API developers. Meanwhile, in an exclusive for ProgrammableWeb, Webshell.io founders share details of their API integration platform interface, and discuss why trust is the principal currency in the API economy.
Canon, HP, Samsung Electronics and Xerox have announced the launch of the Mopria Alliance, a brand new non-profit membership organization that was created to promote and increase the accessibility of wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. The need for printing functionality to be possible from a wide range of devices has led to an increase in the number of available printing APIs. At the time of this writing, there are 45 printing APIs listed in the ProgrammableWeb API directory.