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).


4 Ways APIs Are Being Talked About in the Enterprise

Mark Boyd, March 28th, 2014

Opening a panel on enterprise use of APIs this morning at API Strategy and Practice in Amsterdam, Kin Lane of API Evangelist, said that “Where the enterprise is colliding with web APIs is fascinating. Helping enterprise understand web APIs, but also helping web developers understand the enterprise is an essential next step.” Helping unpack enterprise use of APIs, were panelists Isabelle Mauny, Director of Product Management at WSO2, Ismail Elshareef, Open Platform at Edmunds, Laura Heritage, Principal Consultant at SOA Software, and Toralf Richter, Senior Manager Engineering at Tom Tom Business Solution.


Four Great Data Dashboard Platforms: Ducksboard, Geckoboard, Klipfolio, and Leftronic

Janet Wagner, March 28th, 2014

ProgrammableWebLast month, ProgrammableWeb published an article that took a detailed look at DataSift and Gnip, two of the leading enterprise social data platforms. The article mentions the growing trend of Data as a Service (DaaS) and how DaaS is anticipated to significantly grow the market for Business Intelligence (BI) and analytics platforms.


Today in APIs: Instagram Looking to Replace Foursquare API, and 8 New APIs

Greg Bates, March 27th, 2014

foursquareInstagram may be looking to find its location data from Facebook, dislocating Foursquare. Pitney Bowes and IBM to cooperate using PB’s location services APIs with IBM’s cloud platform. Plus: Google’s cloud platform adds new features and price cuts, security breach created as users publish Amazon Web services keys on Github, and 8 new APIs.


3 Business Models using City Open Data

Mark Boyd, March 27th, 2014

Civic APIs are in the spotlight across the two days of API Strategy and Practice being held in Amsterdam. Workshops, several panel sessions, keynote speakers, and fireside chats are all focused directly on how cities are opening up their data and introducing APIs into the ways they work with citizens and local businesses. Even discussions of the Internet of Things or realtime data are expected to reference the progress being made by cities to become smarter by using APIs.


3 Ways Open APIs are Re-creating Life in the City

Mark Boyd, March 27th, 2014

At the opening workshops of API Strategy and Practice in Amsterdam yesterday, the CitySDK team presented their progress on developing a set of open APIs that will enable developers to create applications for tourism, mobility and civic participation in one city. These APIs can then be replicated in other cities also using the same uniform API structure.


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