Today, thanks to cloud computing, most people have instant access to information, tools and applications that can help them perform their corporate and personal tasks better. That’s not the case, however, on the development side: Nearly 15 million developers and software companies use traditional development environment, with all of the limitations that come with operating systems for developing applications and software. They code, compile and debug applications while sitting in front of a system that supports the given development environment or IDE.
2013 has been a banner year for Walgreens. The company launched the Walgreens Pharmacy Prescription Refill API, announced the QuickPrints Photo App Developer Contest encouraging developers to integrate the Walgreens QuickPrints API into their mobile applications, and announced the integration of QuickPrints with the Adobe Revel website. Nearing the end of 2013, Walgreens has unveiled the brand new QuickPrints SDKs for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, announced the QuickPrints Developer Contest winners, and has just released version 2.0 of the QuickPrints API.
In preparation for next February’s DeveloperWeek, organizers have launched an awards program to identify best-in-category developer tools, including best API Infrastructure and Best API Service. Award nominations are still open for API providers and toolmakers who want to see their product included in the vote, and all ProgrammableWeb readers are encouraged to share their opinions in the crowdsourced voting system. ProgrammableWeb spoke with DeveloperWeek organizer Geoff Domoracki about the launch of the awards program.
This week, we had 35 new APIs added to our API directory including an animated search engine for GIFs, a worldwide holiday information API, and a rewards and loyalty application. We also explored 10 examples of what API developers are currently working on.
Onset Technology launches an API for OnPage. JetBlue adopts SITA’s Mobile Boarding Pass API. Plus: Clever lands major funding, and 11 new APIs.
3D Printing is the process of making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive layers of a material. For more than a year, according to Google Trends, 3D printing has been catching the attention of tech media and consumers alike. It has also created it’s own set of specialized publishing magazines including 3ders.org and 3dprintingindustry.com. In fact Gartner placed consumer 3D printing at the top of the Hype-Cycle for Emergent Technologies, 2013. Clearly, this technology is moving fast.
Firebase, a realtime backend that lets you build entire apps with just front-end code, announced Monday it is partnering with Zapier. The partnership will allow developers to easily integrate a host of backend services (like Twilio, Sendgrid, Mailchimp and many, many others) into their apps with just a few simple clicks.
Today’s apps are as spread out as they’ve ever been, thanks to REST APIs, which make it easy to link into all kinds of backend services. That’s cool, but what if something goes awry? What if one of the APIs you are using breaks? How are you going to find out what’s wrong in order to fix it? For starters, keep things simple when you build your app and avoid using SDKs whenever possible.
In Part 1 of our four-part look at the developer experience and business-to-developer (B2D) marketing strategies, we reviewed the toe-dipping exercise of gauging developer interest in an API and how to use a landing page signup to better define potential developer segments — or personas — who may need access to a business’ data assets via an API. In Part 2, we look at how two web services businesses, Unbounce and Wordtracker, have managed a private beta release of their APIs.