Nordic APIs Start With Focus on Security, World Bank API Standards

Mark Boyd, April 1st, 2014

A series of conferences known as the Nordic APIs have started a four-day tour of four countries in Northern Europe. The mission: Bringing API discussions to the capitals of Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. Presentations by sponsors MuleSoft (parent company of ProgrammableWeb), Ping Identity, Twilio, Axway and Layer 7 are joined by local speakers in each country under the overarching theme of “Private, Partner and Public APIs.” The first event, held in Stockholm today, was fully booked, with events in Copenhagen and Helsinki also expected to reach audience capacity. ProgrammableWeb spoke with presenters and participants at the opening event.


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).


ProgrammableWeb To Launch API Conference For Developers, Providers, and Strategists

David Berlind, March 31st, 2014

After eight years of serving as the Web’s defacto journal of the API economy, we at ProgrammableWeb have decided to launch APIcon — an API conference that will take place in San Francisco from May 27-29, 2014. Replete with workshops, conference sessions, a hackathon (with prizes), and even a rock concert, there’ll be something in it for anybody with an interest in Internet APIs.


Converter Makes JSON as Understandable as a Spreadsheet

Janet Wagner, March 31st, 2014

Sunlight FoundationEric Mill, a developer at the Sunlight Foundation, has created a JSON-to-CSV converter where users can simply paste JSON code into a box and have the code automatically reformatted and re-colored, then converted into an easily readable table of data. A complete CSV of the table data can also be downloaded. The converter uses JavaScript so it runs without a server and the JSON conversions happen inside the browser.


Day One at API Strategy & Practice: A Whole New Paradigm

Mark Boyd, March 28th, 2014

The initial buzz at drinks for the end of day one of API Strategy and Practice was: “Our minds have been blown.” The audience response is evident from three talks yesterday at API Strategy and Practice in Amsterdam. Presentations aimed at developers moved from a global rethink of what coding actually is (Mike Amundsen) to how to think and manage APIs as the core unit in distributed systems (John Sheehan) to a best practice daily toolkit for developers writing code and integrating APIs (Bruno Pedro).


4 Ways APIs Are Being Talked About in the Enterprise

Mark Boyd, March 28th, 2014

Opening a panel on enterprise use of APIs this morning at API Strategy and Practice in Amsterdam, Kin Lane of API Evangelist, said that “Where the enterprise is colliding with web APIs is fascinating. Helping enterprise understand web APIs, but also helping web developers understand the enterprise is an essential next step.” Helping unpack enterprise use of APIs, were panelists Isabelle Mauny, Director of Product Management at WSO2, Ismail Elshareef, Open Platform at Edmunds, Laura Heritage, Principal Consultant at SOA Software, and Toralf Richter, Senior Manager Engineering at Tom Tom Business Solution.


Four Great Data Dashboard Platforms: Ducksboard, Geckoboard, Klipfolio, and Leftronic

Janet Wagner, March 28th, 2014

ProgrammableWebLast month, ProgrammableWeb published an article that took a detailed look at DataSift and Gnip, two of the leading enterprise social data platforms. The article mentions the growing trend of Data as a Service (DaaS) and how DaaS is anticipated to significantly grow the market for Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics platforms.


3 Business Models using City Open Data

Mark Boyd, March 27th, 2014

Civic APIs are in the spotlight across the two days of API Strategy and Practice being held in Amsterdam. Workshops, several panel sessions, keynote speakers, and fireside chats are all focused directly on how cities are opening up their data and introducing APIs into the ways they work with citizens and local businesses. Even discussions of the Internet of Things or realtime data are expected to reference the progress being made by cities to become smarter by using APIs.


3 Ways Open APIs are Re-creating Life in the City

Mark Boyd, March 27th, 2014

At the opening workshops of API Strategy and Practice in Amsterdam yesterday, the CitySDK team presented their progress on developing a set of open APIs that will enable developers to create applications for tourism, mobility and civic participation in one city. These APIs can then be replicated in other cities also using the same uniform API structure.


API Providers Urged to Agree on an Open API Definition

Mark Boyd, March 27th, 2014

In a keynote at this morning’s program of the API Strategy and Practice conference in Amsterdam, Webshell founder Mehdi Medjaoui urged API providers to “take a leap of faith” and agree on an open API definition that can be shared across the industry.


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