Almost 12 years ago, Roy Fielding introduced Representational State Transfer (REST) in his dissertation on Architectural Styles and the Design of Network-based Software Architectures. Since then, APIs adopting the REST architectural style (so-called “RESTful” APIs) have gradually increased in popularity. Nonetheless, a key constraint that Fielding proposed has yet to be adopted as a mainstream feature of RESTful APIs. This feature is known as Hypermedia as the Engine of Application State, or HATEOAS. APIs that enforce this constraint are referred to as HATEOAS-compliant APIs. More generally, APIs that adopt the characteristics of HATEOAS are called “Hypermedia APIs.”
SOA Software has announced new security features to enable advanced identity management and authentication as well as threat protection as part of their API Gateway service. Speaking with ProgrammableWeb, VP of Marketing Sachin Agarwal said the new suite of security features “is an extremely big release for us.”
Now that it has adopted Android, Nokia hopes that developers will come running to create apps for its new smartphones. Nokia claims that for app creators to adjust their existing apps to work on the Nokia X, X+, and XL will be no big deal. Nokia has a strong developer-outreach program, but enticing developers to change their apps might be more of a challenge than Nokia thinks.
From the two sides of the globe, CA Technologies — owner of the Layer 7 API Management Suite — has announced new API services aimed at providing developers and enterprises with a full mobile suite platform. At DeveloperWeek in San Francisco, Dana Crane, senior product manager at CA Technologies, launched the General Availability of the API Portal; at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Dimitri Sirota, Layer 7 cofounder, talked to ProgrammableWeb about the launch of the API Gateway.
The US Census Bureau adds economic indicators to its API. Instant API attends Texas Tech Wildcatters. Plus: CA/Layer7 aiming for a world of connected devices, Yodlee to co-host 11 hackathons worldwide, and 10 new APIs.
Wearables were a hot trend at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona this week. No fewer than six devices made their debut, including fitness bands and full-on smartwatches. Without app support, however, these tools are little more than expensive jewelry.
The second annual Hackomotive competition presented by Edmunds.com is starting today, with participants from many different sectors of the automotive industry attending. Consumers, automakers, developers, technologists, and others in the automotive industry are expected to attend the three-day event being held at the headquarters of Edmunds.com in Santa Monica, California. The goal of Hackomotive is to bring together innovators to develop “the best products and ideas that promote a better car-shopping experience for consumers.”
Developers and government workers will meet side-by-side this week to start building the next generation of government mobile apps. The ModevGov event on Government Mobility Development will be held this week on Wednesday, February 26, in Rosslyn, Virginia.
Tropo and Huawei partner to deploy Tropo API on China Telecom. CoverMyMeds releases API for supporting electronic prior authorization. Plus: there’s an API for building a low-volume hardware product, Google wants developers to go to school for Drive, and 9 new APIs.
This week, we had 44 new APIs added to our API directory including a company that builds app-enabled products, a hacker event listing service, and a digital magazine publishing platform. We also covered 2014’s Developer Week, which took place last week.