As companies, organizations and professionals become more and more interconnected via social networks such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, a new trend is beginning to emerge—social network data visualization. So let’s make a data visualization of our own.
It may not have been the zombie apocalypse, but the recent government shutdown stopped the flow of open data via APIs and raised questions about how API developers and API providers can best handle a crisis in future. Now, 21 days later, we examine the impact and fallout of the shutdown, and look at how a similar situation could be avoided in both the US and anywhere that developers are making use of government open data in their API workflows.
Last week, the social posting site Buffer had both their database of access tokens and their OAuth client secrets compromised by attacks on Github and MongoDB. Buffer uses Github to store their client_secret in source code and MongoDB to store their access tokens.
The API economy is only going to be as strong as the quality of the APIs that enable it. Unfortunately, not all APIs are created equal in terms of quality, which collectively tends to act like a drag on the API economy.
A little more than one week has passed since Buffer’s infrastructure was successfully hacked, resulting in a flood of unauthorized posts to Twitter and Facebook. Shortly after ProgrammableWeb’s investigation of the hack revealed how more questions about the attack deserved to be answered, Buffer disclosed some of the answers on its blog. But more questions remained and Buffer’s CTO Sunil Sadasivan has come forward to answer them in this ProgrammableWeb exclusive Q&A.
There’s more than meets the eye to October’s successful attack on Buffer. Due to the significant legal and financial risks alone, the incident involving identity theft should serve as a wake-up call to end-users, Web developers, and API providers that not enough is being done to secure the Web.
One of the primary reasons that organizations embrace agile development methodologies is on the assumption that faster application development will result in more applications being developed faster. The challenge is actually managing that process in a world where the number of languages and data sources being used is rapidly expanding.
Continuing the theme from this morning; namely that speakers should share the mistakes and ugly truths behind their API successes, this afternoon’s sessions at the API Strategy and Practice Conference gave attendees a peek under the hood. Speaking to issues that matter to API consumers, we heard nuts and bolts talks centered on API testing, monitoring and debugging.
A workshop on open government data pathways by API Evangelist and current White House Innovation Fellow, Kin Lane, shows there is still plenty of potential for developers, startups and interested citizens to influence the government open data agenda and make use of government data assets. Lane ran the workshop as part of the pre-opening day’s workshop series at API Strategy and Practice, being held in San Francisco for the rest of the week.
The API Strategy and Practice Conference begins in earnest today with a full schedule of keynote speeches and breakout sessions. Today’s morning session includes talks from Pamela Fox, Wynn Netherland, Peter Rexer and Daniel Jacobson. The session will be live streamed from 9:00am-11:00am PST. View the video below along with the schedule of speakers