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.
This week, we had 58 new APIs added to our API directory including a product customization service, a smart home automation service, and a streaming video application. We also explored whether or not REST is losing it’s flair and described alternatives to REST.
SoapUI has introduced a RAML plugin that allows users to import RAML files into SoapUI for testing of REST APIs. The new plugin also allows users to browse the MuleSoft APIhub directory for APIs using RAML or Swagger definitions. SoapUI, and both the RAML and Swagger plugins, are open source on GitHub and available for download from SourceForge. There is also a SoapUI Pro version available that is designed for professional testers and enterprise users.
We have covered Web scraping before. As the amount of data that can be captured from the web increases, developers increasingly need a way to handle huge quantities of data downloads from the internet, both structured as well as unstructured. The basic underlying problem in creating custom scrapers is that websites often differ in the basic variety of formats, so a scraper that runs smoothly on some websites may return junk results on other websites.