The line between what constitutes a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application and a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment has always been relatively thin. SaaS applications that expose an API to third-party developers can quickly transform into a development platform.
ProgrammableWeb initially covered Cloudinary in 2012 as it was a burgeoning startup in the quickly growing cloud community. Today, Cloudinary announced a host of new image related add-ons that should help Cloudinary expand its offering and user base. Prior to the announcement, we caught up with Cloudinary CEO, Itai Lahan, to learn more.
ProgrammableWeb’s Editor-in-chief David Berlind moderated a lively panel session at the recent DeveloperWeek conference in San Francisco. The panel included industry thought leaders Jason Harmon from PayPal, Jeremiah Lee Cohick (Fitbit), Alex Salazar (Stormpath), Uri Sarid from MuleSoft (the parent company of ProgrammableWeb) and John Musser, founder of both ProgrammableWeb and API Science. In an hour-long panel on “emergent APIs,” panelists covered API design, SDKs versus APIs and the challenge of API versioning. Bonus points: Each shared their number one piece advice for developers in businesses charged with creating their first API.
In some of my more recent posts, I have written about upcoming transformations within the API space, ranging from orchestration layers to how Netflix pursued an optimized API design for the 1,000-plus device types that it supports. In this post, I will provide more context for these decisions and how they may (or, perhaps more likely, will) apply to your API designs–especially when it comes to the benefits of the separation-of-design model.
Mobile developers have come to rely on a number of backend-as-a-service (BaaS) offerings that make developing and deploying mobile applications a whole lot simpler. Now Sencha wants to take that that concept to the next logical conclusion in the form of an extension to its application development tools that turns the Microsoft Azure cloud into a BaaS environment for mobile applications.
With a leadership team that has worked with enterprise customers in the past, raw engineering’s new built.io believes that it is well-positioned to take on the burgeoning enterprise MBaaS market. COO Matthew Baier and CTO and Founder Nishant Patel told ProgrammableWeb why interest in the built.io API was so high amongst attendees at the recent DeveloperWeek conference.
Google Cloud Platform continues to roll out consistent updates to its App Engine platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Its latest release, version 1.9.0, makes available App Engine Modules, which aims to help developers break their applications into logical components to bring significant efficiency to both cost and performance. The update also includes a MapReduce library for Java and several PHP Runtime improvements.
Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp was obviously a boon for WhatsApp’s founders, employees and investors, but it also proved to be a good thing for several of WhatsApp’s biggest competitors.
This week, we had 40 new APIs added to our API directory including a customer engagement marketing platform, a gamification stack, and a sports betting line provider. We also covered how developers and the government are partnering to create next generation mobile applications.