Load Impact Announces Cloud-Based Load Testing for Mobile Apps

Mark Boyd, April 2nd, 2014

Startup Load Impact is today announcing a new cloud-based load testing service specifically designed for mobile apps. The load — or stress — testing service can simulate traffic loads to a mobile apps’ API and analyze performance factors so that developers looking to enable a mobile first strategy via API can get a real picture of their end users’ potential experiences. Founder and CEO Ragnar Lönn spoke with ProgrammableWeb on the eve of the new service announcement.


RxREVU Taps API to Optimize Prescriptions

Patricio Robles, April 2nd, 2014

Every year, Americans spend more than $3 trillion on healthcare, a figure that is projected to rise to $5 trillion in the next decade. With healthcare spending approaching 20% of the U.S. GDP, a huge effort is underway to control costs. Not surprisingly, many believe that technology has a key role to play in increasing efficiency and reducing unnecessary expenditures, and significant investments in technology are creating opportunities for healthcare technology businesses.


Today in APIs: Story, and 12 New APIs

Greg Bates, April 1st, 2014

The TVU Grid open API for integrating video distribution is released. Touchtunes releases APIs so third parties can build jukebox apps. Plus: the hypermedia constraint of REST, DoD cloud spending on the rise, and 12 new APIs


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.


Google Cloud Platform Announces Price Cuts, Managed VMs and new Developer Experiences

Romin Irani, March 31st, 2014

Google has ruffled feathers with Cloud Computing vendors by announcing a series of price cuts and features that are bound to have long lasting effects on the industry. At the Cloud Platform Live Event held on March 25, Google not just cut prices drastically across its offerings, but announced key features like Managed VMs and developer experience improvements that have made it a worthy competitor to Amazon Web Services, who is the current heavyweight in the Infrastructure As a Service (IaaS) segment.


Node.js Gets Ready for the Enterprise

Michael Vizard, March 31st, 2014

Node.js started life as an implementation of JavaScript found in the Google Chrome browser that is optimized for event-driven, non-blocking I/O applications. Originally, Node.js found favor in organizations that needed to build real-time applications to manage distributed devices such as routers and switches. But as Node.js has evolved, it has also been widely adopted to build both mobile computing applications and applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). The reason: Node.js makes it possible to use JavaScript in a server-side way that allows applications to scale.


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.


24 New APIs: Dice Jobs, OneNote, and Open Civic Data

Melody Clark, March 30th, 2014

This week, we had 37 new APIs added to our API directory including an SMS Bitcoin payment platform, an API for the New York Public Library digital collections, and a platform to organize personal media collections. We also discussed 6 great ways to increase API adoption, which is critical for any public API.


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).


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