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Netflix Open Sources "Resilience Engineering" Code Library

Hystrix: it's the genus name for "Old World" porcupines, and it's also the latest release from Netflix. But you won't see it in their catalog of movie and TV titles, and you can't add it to your queue, because it's not content--it's how Netflix makes sure its content is highly available. Now, Netflix has made Hystrix open source, for anyone using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to implement in their own cloud applications. Read on for details on this "resilience engineering" code library.

Best New Mashups: Movies Mashups Using Netflix, Rotten Tomatoes and Facebook

Hollywood studios haven't released their good fall movies yet. TV shows like Game of Thrones, Mad Men and the like are months away from their next seasons. You need something to watch, preferably right now. Don't worry, the ProgrammableWeb community is here to help you out. Movie mashups are always a popular submission to our directory and last year we took a look at a few of them. Today we'll look at some recent movie mashups that should help all but the most picky viewers find something worth checking out.

Netflix Removing Rental History from Public API

On Saturday, September 15th, some major changes will hit the Netflix Public API. Possibly the most significant and likely to impact developers is the removal of user rental history data. The Netflix catalog index files are also being replaced by new versions--and being split into separate streaming and DVD data sets. Read on for more details on these updates.

"Qup" Your Favorite Movies from Netflix Streaming

Here at ProgrammableWeb, we're huge advocates of API mash-ups and the hackathons which often encourage their development. Earlier this month at Hack the Midwest, the "Best in Show" award went to Qup (pronounced "kyoo-up"), a web application which combines Netflix, Rotten Tomatoes, and e-mail into a handy notification service for movie buffs.

Why REST Keeps Me Up At Night

With respect to Web APIs, the industry has clearly and emphatically landed on REST as the standard way to implement these services. And for good reason... REST, which is generally implemented as a one-size-fits-all solution, is an excellent choice for a most companies who wish to expose their content to third parties, mobile app developers, partners, internal teams, etc. There are many tomes about what REST is and how best to implement it, so I won’t go into detail here. But if I were to sum up the value proposition to these companies of the traditional REST solution, I would describe it as:

Best New Mashups: Movies

As the year comes to a close and holiday season looms, many of us look forward to taking a few days off to take a break from all of our hard work and relax. What better way to unwind this holiday season than by catching up on all of the movies you missed this year? You're in luck as we've gotten many great mashups this year that let you watch movies and trailers, browse your Netflix queue (you do still subscribe to Netflix right?) and share with your friends. Popular APIs for these mashups include Rotten Tomatoes, YouTube and Netflix. So without further ado, kick off your shoes, grab some popcorn and give these movie mashups a try.