The US Department of Education has issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the use of APIs in higher education data, student aid programs and processes. The goal of the RFI is to gather ideas that will increase the openness of higher education data, processes, and aid to students and families. The RFI is directed towards all interested parties, and submissions will be accepted through June 2, 2014.
SmartBear teams with Doran Jones to offer the best in testing. Microsoft’s API strategy seeks disunity, but rarely. Plus: mydoorhandle’s new API, Google Maps fans take on the geography of Game of Thrones, and 9 new APIs.
Kenya currently lays claim to the world’s largest user base of mobile money. With over 25 million mobile money users in the country, Kenya seems to be a mobile developer’s dream when it comes to potential user base. However, as COSEKE’s Kevin Njoki told ITWeb Africa, developers face major roadblocks in monetizing apps despite the massive mobile money user base. At the heart of the difficulty lies a lack of open APIs from the country’s leading telecommunication companies.
Phase2 streamlines humanitarian API for Reliefweb. The game Civilization: Beyond Earth hardwires support for Mantle’s API. Plus: getting started with data publishing, Beatport’s API for music culture, and 3 new APIs.
Developers have always exercised more influence over all things IT than generally acknowledged. But now it looks like the reach of that influence is starting to extend well into business and society itself. A new survey of 1,000 software developers in the U.S. published today by Chef, providers of an open source framework for automating the management of IT, finds that 94 percent of the developers surveyed expect to be a revolutionary influence in major segments of the economy during the next five years. Additionally, 63 percent feel a talented software developer has more power to change society than a talented public speaker.
Windows Phone 8.1 represents developers’ best chance to make some money – at least as far as Microsoft is concerned. The company released a developer preview of Windows Phone 8.1 today and hopes that code writers will get to work creating compelling apps and games for its refreshed mobile operating system.
MyDoorHandle allows users to create short, memorable weblinks that point to physical locations: DoorHandles. Instead of sharing physical addresses (which easily become outdated or incomplete), DoorHandles create a digital address which are easy to create and continually ensure accuracy. MyDoorHandle has now expanded its offering to include API access to DoorHandle creation. The API will allow third party developers to incorporate MyDoorHandle’s many location based services.
Despite volatility and growing pains common in new markets, many believe that crytocurrencies like Bitcoin are going to revolutionize digital commerce. That has created a gold rush as entrepreneurs and companies move to take advantage of the opportunities Bitcoin has created.
This week, we had 33 new APIs added to our API directory including a customer service solution, an LED light control application, and a WiFi and smart device enabled 3D printing solution. We also covered Hack, Facebook’s new open source language, which speeds up the development cycle.