The whole point of embracing an agile software development methodology is to increase the speed at which applications are moved into production. The challenge is that increasing the number of applications and updates can easily overwhelm an IT operations team, which inevitably leads to a catastrophic failure that winds up taking an application offline.
If there is one thing governments do exceedingly well, it’s collect data. What they don’t do as well is make that data available in a way that is particularly useful. Looking to change that dynamic, Splunk has begun working with the White House on a Regulations.gov initiative to make it easier to mine the trove of government data.
Mind42, a mind mapping web application, has launched the Mind42 API. Mind mapping is a process that collects ideas and then arranges them in a graphical way. The tree or star-like graphical depiction that Mind42 creates illustrates the connection between different ideas or topics. The Mind42 API allows developers to access, create and edit maps on Mind42 from third-party applications.
PayPal 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.
This week, we had 54 new APIs added to our API directory including a web application for biomedical concept information, a backend-as-a-service for building and maintaining applications, and an image processing service API. We also added several new “how-to” blogposts, from how to visualize Twitter updates over time to how to use the Twilio API.
Businesses are taking advantage of the ubiquity of mobile devices and SMS. This tutorial describes how to send an SMS message to a phone with PHP using the Twilio API. Twilio provides numerous communications services, including the ability to make and receive phone calls through the browser, mobile or desktop, send and receive SMS and MMS messages, and handle short codes.
As more and more Web and mobile applications utilize APIs to drive their respective front ends, performance becomes an emerging concern. XML, long used as a method for exchanging data, is giving way to JSON, now considered the gold standard. But is JSON always the right choice over XML? This article examines the foundations of JSON and XML and the differences between them, providing recommendations for how to choose the right path.
Writing API documentation for software being created with an agile process can be especially challenging because what is being documented is constantly being changed. Project managers and developer leads must assign resources to writers up front, and writers should speak up as soon as issues arise because documentation challenges can snowball much faster in an agile environment.
BitTorrent, peer-to-peer file sharing provider, has announced an API for its increasingly popular BitTorrent Sync service. The BitTorrent Sync API is aimed at developers who desire to build apps and workflows that leverage BitTorrent Sync capabilities. Whether the app plays in social media, enterprise apps, communications, or otherwise; the API will enable decentralized syncing of data for increased privacy, security, efficiency, and less reliance on infrastructure.
Semantria’s new API 3.5 comes with Chinese language support (Mandarin). Citrix updates XenMobile, adds support for Amazon, iOS 7, Knox, and more. Plus: Google developers now have the Google Cloud Console to manage APIs, Act-On opens its APIs, and 4 new APIs.