59 New APIs: Macy’s, Nokia, and We Heart It

Melody Clark, December 29th, 2013

This week, we had 59 new APIs added to our API directory including an anonymous email service, a shopping checkout service for Bitcoin and Litecoin payments, and a platform to detect and prevent online fraud. We also covered the success of the various Walgreens APIs, from the prescription refill API to the QuickPrints API and contests, during 2013.

Signifyd API Adds Fraud Prevention to Ecommerce Platforms

Eric Carter, December 23rd, 2013

SignifydSignifyd, ecommerce fraud prevention service, allows developers to integrate the service with third party ecommerce platforms through the Signifyd API. The Signifyd service uses a number of data points, and allows users to give greater importance to certain points depending on need, to develop a risk score and develop a fraud assessment. From social media activities, to bank data, Signifyd takes a holistic approach to fraud prevention.

SoapUI Improves REST Support, adds RAML Plugin

Janet Wagner, December 20th, 2013

SoapUISoapUI has introduced a RAML plugin that allows users to import RAML files into SoapUI for testing of REST APIs. The new plugin also allows users to browse the MuleSoft APIhub directory for APIs using RAML or Swagger definitions. SoapUI, and both the RAML and Swagger plugins, are open source on GitHub and available for download from SourceForge. There is also a SoapUI Pro version available that is designed for professional testers and enterprise users.

10 Tips For Running a Successful Hackathon

Guest Author, December 20th, 2013

Following up on an earlier post outlining the top ten mistakes commonly made at hackathons, Brandon Wirtz now offers his take on ten things every organizer should do when running a hackathon.

Enterprise MBaaS Set to Explode in 2014

Mark Boyd, December 20th, 2013

While industry analysts expected this year to be the year Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) took off, end-of-year assessments are suggesting that there is still room for further growth in 2014. Forecasters predict a 104% annual growth in the market to reach $7.7 billion in 2017, while this week’s acquisition of MBaaS vendor StackMob by PayPal has piqued more than a few businesses’ curiosity. Meanwhile, analysts from Forrester and major players like Rich Mendis from AnyPresence believe the MBaaS revolution is still yet to happen for the enterprise.

Today in APIs: Amazon Kinesis in Public Beta, and 11 New APIs

Greg Bates, December 18th, 2013

Amazon EC2Amazon Kinesis arrives in public beta, a developer tool for real-time apps. Explara’s API and event marketplace for India launches. Plus: Paypal acquires Stackmob, why the orchestration layer is the future of APIs, and 11 new APIs.

Today in APIs: Google Android Camera API, and 17 New APIs

Greg Bates, November 18th, 2013

Google App EngineGoogle’s new Android camera API will support RAW. Runscope develops better API testing. Plus: Agile development won’t solve it all, Workshop on using WSO2 API Manager, and 17 new APIs.

PayPal Concludes First Global Hackathon Series

Eric Carter, November 18th, 2013

PayPalPayPal has concluded its first ever global hackathon. The Battle Hack series visited ten cities across the world in 2013. Each stop on the tour included a city winner, concluding with a two-day World Championship at PayPal’s headquarters. The ten regional winners met at the World Championship with a simple challenge from PayPal: build an application that benefits the community and utilizes the PayPal API.

API Strategy Day 2 – Afternoon Session Live Stream

Wendell Santos, October 24th, 2013

The API Strategy and Practice Conference continues with the afternoon session. The afternoon features keynote talks from Kristin Calhoun and Deepak Nadig, as well as panels on live traffic and weather and the future of the web. The session will be live streamed from 4:50pm-7:00pm PST. View the video below along with the schedule of speakers.

Oh the Humanity: Understanding What Really Drives Developers Designing APIs

Mark Boyd, October 24th, 2013

Understanding cultural differences amongst developers (and between developers and the rest of the business) emerged as a key issue to address when designing APIs, according to a panel session on Creation, Design and Documentation of APIs at API Strategy and Practice in San Francisco today.

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