API Strategy and Practice Day Two: The Values Behind an API-enabled Sharing Economy

Mark Boyd, March 31st, 2014

API Strategy and Practice’s first European Conference, held in Amsterdam, wrapped up late Friday. Day Two of the conference continued to unfold the larger narrative that had begun on Day One, by first showing how APIs are being used across industries (from big brands to banking to non-profits). The day concluded by giving voice to the underlying values that APIs are making prevalent in the new shared economy, with talks by Kat Borlongan (from Five by Five), Adam Wiggins (co-founder of Heroku), and Adam DuVander (SendGrid and ProgrammableWeb).


How To Query YouTube Through Its Python APIs

Marcello La Rocca, March 26th, 2014

Video is becoming increasingly important to a growing number of businesses. Whether it’s an internally produced video showing off your wares or the integration of customer videos in the context of social networking, video has become a key business tool. YouTube has become pretty much synonymous with video, and YouTube APIs let you bring the YouTube experience to your webpage, application or device. In this post, we will explore how to perform queries on videos stored on the video-hosting website and retrieve feeds according to different criteria.


Google Brings Android to Wearables

Patricio Robles, March 25th, 2014

Before the first iPhone was released in June 2007, it was remarkably easy to question just how large the consumer market for smart phones would be. Similar questions are being raised about “wearable” internet-connected devices but perhaps with the iPhone lesson in mind, a growing number of companies are unveiling offerings targeting the nascent wearables space. The latest: Google.


HP Moves Application Testing Tools into the Cloud

Michael Vizard, March 18th, 2014

Hewlett-Packard is looking to make its application testing tools more accessible than ever via implementations that are hosted in the cloud. Developers can access these tools via RESTful APIs. Kelly Emo, director of product marketing for HP Software, says that by making HP LoadRunner 12 and HP Performance Center 12 available as a cloud service, HP is making a concerted effort to introduce a broader spectrum of organizations to its application testing tools.


AirPair{}Me Provides On-Demand Access to Elite Software Engineers

Patricio Robles, March 18th, 2014

You have a major development project launching next month and your team needs help. Perhaps it’s a vexing problem related to the Ruby on Rails ActiveRecord API. Or an optimization issue with the AngularJS $animate service. What do you do?


Twilio Improves Audio Quality of VoIP Communications Service

Michael Vizard, March 17th, 2014

Voice-over-IP (VoIP) makes it possible to embed telephony services within an application. But the quality of many of those VoIP calls can be highly inconsistent. To address that issue, Twilio today announced a public beta of its Global Low Latency (GLL) capability.


AdStage’s Platform API Creates a New Channel for Ad Tool Providers

Patricio Robles, March 14th, 2014

More and more companies are devoting more and more of their advertising budgets to digital channels such as search, social, and mobile. And for good reason: In many if not most cases, you can’t effectively reach your customers if you ignore the digital channels that are used on a daily basis by countless individuals.


SecureVideo.com Launches API for HIPAA-Compliant Videoconferencing

Patricio Robles, March 14th, 2014

With the potential to reduce the cost of healthcare and improve access to services, telemedicine — in which healthcare providers such as doctors interact with patients through electronic means — is an increasingly important part of the healthcare industry. By some estimates, telemedicine will be a multibillion-dollar market by the end of the decade.


Espresso Logic Turns Stored Procedures into RESTful APIs

Michael Vizard, March 13th, 2014

Relational databases have been around for multiple decades, and there’s a lot of logic tied up in stored procedures that most organizations would rather not have to throw away or rewrite in some other form somewhere else.


Ravello Provides Free Web Browser Testing Blueprint

Michael Vizard, March 12th, 2014

When the time comes to test how various implementations of different types of browsers actually work with a particular application, much trial and error still exist. Despite the rise of application testing services in the cloud, testing browser compatibility against a production application is still problematic. More often than not, when testing does occur, it’s against a replica of the application running in a different environment, being accessed by browsers that might not even have any of the plug-ins that the application may need to support in a production environment.


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