To coincide with the start of the API Strategy and Practice Conference today, API management platform 3scale has released a new ebook targeting business leaders looking to understand the commercial advantage of an API business strategy. The ebook, Winning in the API Economy discusses how software is becoming central to any enterprise’s business processes, resulting in the need for API integration to play a major role when mapping out efficiencies and productivity gains for any business workflow or for the entry into new markets.
An emerging trend is taking place where platforms are increasingly letting developers interact with their APIs through SDKs. Layer 7’s Scott Morrison comments on why this is happening and when it makes sense, noting that “SDKs make the service subordinate to the client, thus inverting a hierarchy that goes back to the early days of distributed computing.”
The new Leanpub API helps authors publish their own work in ebook format and provides instant access to sales data.
Leanpub is an online marketplace that enables writer’s to sell their ebooks in a variety of formats. Writers receive a 90% royalty (minus 50 cents) off each sale and are not prohibited from simulataneously selling their book on other marketplaces like Amazon. Unique to LeanPub, writers – particularly for computer programming books – are encouraged to publish works-in-progress and pivot their text based on reader feedback until they create a viable book product.
To do this, Leanpub provides an editing language and self-publishing workflow that allows writers to submit their work and convert the material into several formats including PDF, EPUB and Kindle. The Leanpub API allows authors to manage their workflow direct from their preferred editor.
With developers more or less forcing the issue all kinds of new data models are finding their way into the enterprise. One of the more popular ones are a form of NoSQL database technology based on a Key/Value store architecture. As a leading proponent of such an architecture Couchbase has already seen a 400 percent growth in sales this year, which accounts for why it was able to announce today that it has picked up another $25 million in financing.
Mobile platform Appcelerator has just acquired API integration management service, Singly, for an undisclosed amount in a move that is expected to turn heads and raise eyebrows in the mobile enterprise application sector.
This week we had 53 new APIs added to our API directory including an application development platform for GM vehicles, browser testing service, real-time data from Google Analytics, location-based analytics service and cloud application extension service. In addition we covered a managed video platform. Below are more details on each of these new APIs.
Hackathon events continue to be a key strategy used to promote API products and services. For developers, they provide an opportunity to work on solutions to real world problems, create new networks of like-minded technologists, connect with potential clients, and provide a chance to hone core developer skills from programming to pitching.
Hackathon event planners are encouraged to read ChallengePosts’ top 5 keys to a successful app challenge. For competitors, we have already covered one key piece of advice: book your place in a hackathon early. This year has seen an explosion in growth of hackathon events, but surprisingly, this is yet to outstrip demand for new competition opportunities.
But once you have booked in to a competition, how can you best prepare to compete? Many hackathons operate over 24 hours or a weekend. How can you maximize the productive time you spend when the clock of a hackathon starts counting down?
In an agile world where the majority of application development is now iterative the testing of applications has never been more important. After all, the impact of single undiscovered error can now be easily compounded through multiple iterations of an application; making it that much harder and expensive to discover and fix later on.