ProgrammableWeb has covered Zapier from its early days a few years ago to its continued innovation and success. Today, Zapier took another major leap forward with the release of its new Zapier Developer Platform. We caught up with Zapier co-founder and CEO, Wade Foster, on the eve of the platform launch.
Developing complex, interactive web applications can be a significant undertaking fraught with potential pitfalls and challenges. Fortunately, developers have a significant number of tools to help them avoid many pitfalls and address common challenges. From robust IDEs and web application frameworks to unit testing libraries and continuous integration software, just about every step of the development lifecycle is covered.
This week, we had 40 new APIs added to our API directory including an application management service, an event and ticketing management service, and an IP address monitoring service. We also explored the hottest contenders for open data in 2014.
One of the key benefits that the cloud brings to developers is the promise of reducing the cost of hosting applications. “Pay per use” is mentioned by every cloud vendor, but that by itself is not a magic wand by which the bills get reduced. A typical pattern is to observe monthly bills, see which services ended up being costly, then look at re-architecting bits and pieces of the application. Google Cloud Platform, which is fast becoming a strong alternative to Amazon Web Services, wants to make the task easier by providing a billing API that provides programmatic access to your daily Google Cloud Platform usage and cost estimates.
Snapchat’s 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers may have been published. Why API delivery is more important than application delivery. Plus: single sign on APIs and integration merge, and 15 new APIs.
ProgrammableWeb enjoyed another tremendous year in 2013. The year in APIs was filled with landmarks, innovation and massive expansion of the API economy. ProgrammbleWeb readers kept us busy, and four particular areas of interest prompted the most attention.
Microsoft India has released a women’s safety app: Guardian. Plus: SnapChat’s API was hacked.