E-signature company DocuSign is celebrating its new San Francisco office with a Hackathon on May 14 and 15. The event will bring developers together to build atop its DocuSign Enterprise API. After 35 non-stop hours of heated competition, four winners will receive $25,000 (USD) cash prizes.
Although it’s hard to do justice to the topic of API security in the space of a blog post, the topic is important because it affects every API architect creating a new web service. Advice that has come from experience may be of particular value—and that’s what follows here.
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Technical Evangelism, a fairly young discipline, may contain fewer than a thousand people today. A few folks may be doing it part time and others who think that they are doing it when they are really not. Overall, it’s a really fun job: you get to meet smart people, learn new technologies, create fun demos and travel to various conferences.
The hackathon we are co-hosting at the Woodstock for Cloud Developers is only a week away. It’s not too early to start thinking about the application you might build using partner APIs. And with Hackathon registration opening soon, you might also think about who to invite to join your team. Below you’ll find some more information about hackathon guidelines and prizes, as well as a list of some of the eligible APIs you can use in your app.
This past week 23 new mashups were added to our mashup directory and 32 different APIs were used to build them. Some of the newer or less frequently seen APIs include Amazon Marketplace Web Service, Campfire, Chirpio, DocuSign Enterprise, Enthusem, Intuit Data Service, Ping.fm, Tropo and zanox. The most often used APIs this week are Box.net, Google Maps and Twitter. And the most commonly used types of APIs were Social (5 APIs, 9 mashups), Enterprise (4 APIs, 4 mashups) and Mapping (3 APIs, 8 mashups). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
This week saw the widest range of APIs being used to develop mashups we’ve seen in awhile: 42 different APIs used in 7 days. Of those new apps added to our mashup directory, only a handful were map mashups, whereas most of them used more unique APIs: Google Chart API, indeed API, Livekick API, MTV API, NPR API, Tagalus API, TwitPic API, uClassify API, Vimeo API, and the Yelp API. Also, given that within the last 24 hours the highly anticipated Wolfram|Alpha search engine and structured reference went live, we did happen to see a number of semantic and linked-data APIs used this week: Reuters Calais API, DBpedia API, and Freebase API (and we’ve just added a profile for the Wolfram|Alpha API). The list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
How many APIs did it take to build the 18 new mashups added to our mashup directory? It took 37 different APIs. Some of the less often seen, unique, and newer APIs used include: Alexa Top Sites API, Bit.ly API, Calais API, Cligs API, DocuSign Enterprise API, Freebase API, idiomag music API, and New York Times Best Sellers API. The full list below shows which APIs were used by which mashups:
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DocuSign’s embedded signing capability adds another powerful signature option, enabling a secure signature via e-mail, portal or other online access.
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