Mobile Developer Becomes Redundant

Michael Vizard, July 10th, 2013

The phrase mobile application developer gets frequently bandied about because for a while not it’s required specific tools and expertise to build these types of applications. But as general purpose application development tools become more tightly integrated with HTML5, Javscript and cascading style sheets (CSS) a question about whether the average IT organization is going to need dedicated tools for building mobile application not only arises, the whole concept of being a mobile developer may eventually become as quaint as the phrase Web developer before it.


All Open Data APIs Should Have Machine Readable Metadata, Says ODI …And Here’s How

Mark Boyd, July 5th, 2013

The UK’s Open Data Institute is encouraging all API developers to include a machine-readable metadata description whenever publishing an API that enables access to a dataset. The proposed publisher guide defines best practice in how to include a machine readable rights statement in API documentation, and follows recent international efforts to define API standards and best practices.


ActiveStandards API: Making Sure Your Site Measures Up

Candice McMillan, June 19th, 2013

ActiveStandardsActiveStandards, an SaaS website quality management platform, provides the ActiveStandards API, that gives developers access to the toolset, allowing them to integrate it with other websites and use the functionality wherever it is most appropriate for that given website. Any business or organisation that has a significant enterprise web presence will know the value of being able to monitor and protect the quality and compliance of their web content, and a tool like ActiveStandards provides the means to do just that.


RESTful APIs: White House Sets The Standard(s)

Mark Boyd, June 17th, 2013

We the PeopleThe United States’ White House has developed a set of API standards they are hoping will be used across all government agencies. The standards were developed following a number of API releases, including the White House’s We The People API that allows citizen petition collection and lodgement. The new API standards document naming conventions, minimum requirements, and best practices for RESTful interfaces, while also acknowledging the importance of offering a “positive developer experience” through their API releases.


Khronos Group to Develop Open API for Advanced Camera Control

Eric Carter, May 23rd, 2013

Khronos Group, open standards consortium behind some of today’s most innovative technologies, has announced a new initiative to develop an open, royalty-free API for advanced, low-level control of mobile and embedded cameras and sensors. Khronos created the Camera working group to develop the API and is currently recruiting participants. All participants may contribute to the standard and the group will collaborate with other working groups to enhance its effectiveness.


Cisco Looks to Make Some Developer Friends

Michael Vizard, April 25th, 2013

Events in the networking world don’t usually garner all that much attention from developers. But Cisco is hoping that developers are paying attention to both OpenStack, an emerging standard for managing IT infrastructure in cloud computing platforms, and Project Open Daylight, an open source implementation of a software-defined networking controller that Cisco supports.


Increasing Amounts of Diversity Coming to The Programmable Web

Michael Vizard, February 27th, 2013

One of the most fascinating, yet frustrating, aspects of anything to do with APIs is how rapidly the technology that serves as the foundation for the programmable web evolves. That dynamic volatility was in full view last week at the API Strategy and Practice conference in New York in the form of Daniel Jacobson, director of API engineering at Netflix.


Governance vs Innovation: Do They Have to be Enemies?

Guest Author, February 27th, 2013

I was lucky enough to attend the API Strategy and Practice Conference this week in NYC and was struck by the wide diversity of attendees. Sure, I expected to see the young guns heading up the industry’s hot new companies, but US Postal Service? Walgreens? AT&T? Target? An even bigger surprise was how relevant and interesting all of the discussions were. But it was obvious there is still the same old gap between the enterprise and the start-up that we have come to expect. For as long as I’ve been in the industry, the difference has always been around governance and process vs rapid innovation.


New W3C Group Focuses on Automotive Web Platforms and Vehicle Data API Specifications

Janet Wagner, February 26th, 2013

W3CThe World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international community that develops web standards, has announced the launch of the new “Automotive and Web Platform Business Group” which will create web technology specifications for the automotive industry starting with a Vehicle Data API Specification.


WebRTC: Unified Communications Comes to the Application

Michael Vizard, February 5th, 2013

In the not too distant future unified communications will be a feature embedded in almost every new Web application, which from a developer perspective means that most end users are going to soon view most existing applications as nothing short of being antiquated.The W3C is currently working out the details of a WebRTC specification that essentially puts support for a real-time communication engine directly in the browser.


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