Rave Mobile Safety, a campus and public safety software solutions provider, has announced the launch of Smart911Connect, a service that connects public safety answering points (PSAPs) with approved third party sources of relevant emergency response data. The data is aggregated and delivered via a set of brand new web APIs.
Box continues to encourage creativity and innovation with its ongoing parade of challenges, competitions, and hackathons. Its latest quest to engage the developer community arrives in the form of a Risk-inspired online battle: BRISK. BRISK started as a typical Box challenge; however, to date it has developed into its “own wondrous virtual world, complete with it’s own servers, it’s own API and it’s own set of rules.” The strategy and competition have become intense and complicated, but the goal remains simple: “devise the optimal strategy for your bot to take over the world.”
Elsten software, digital music organizer, has announced OneMusicAPI. Proclaimed to be “OneMusicAPI to rule them all,” the API acts as a music metadata aggregator that pulls from multiple sources across the web through a single interface. Elsten founder and OneMusicAPI creator, Dan Gravell, found keeping pace with constant changes from individual sources became too tedious a process to adequately organize music.
Simply stated: “Tinypass is a powerful e-commerce platform that helps sites charge for access to content.” Developers and site owners can utilize the Tinypass platform by adding a plugin for popular CMS platforms (e.g. Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, etc.); or, developers can integrate Tinypass functionality into apps and third party sites with the Tinypass API.
While testing out a new tool I’m working on that uses a variety of OAuth2 providers and thought I’d catalog some of the quirks I came across. This is just for the authorization flow, not for actually making requests once you’ve secured a token. Now that the OAuth2 spec is solidified we should start seeing less and less of these issues.
Alfred Nobel was an inventor with 350 patents to his name, who among many other things invented dynamite. Nobel was also a successful businessman and when he died he stated that most of his fortune should be awarded to the most important discoveries in science, outstanding work in literature as well as the best work to promote peace.
SimpleTexting, text marketing service, offers its full suite of text services via its SMS API. Developers can integrate SMS capabilities within third party apps to better engage customers. Whether developers want to send or receive texts, update contact lists, or take advantage of SimpleTexting’s other features, the SMS API provides simple access to a robust service.
Humans are great at observational learning. As children we learn by observing the goals, actions and outcomes of others. Many programmers have applied this style of learning to improve their craft by studying and understanding code written by their peers. The same is true for our API design world. Reviewing and dissecting the web APIs that are available on the web can provide us with enormous insight into the design of APIs in general. In this post, we will look into the Box.net API and see what we can learn.