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Like Apache's Thrift, Google's Protocol Buffers gives API developers an option for binary payload serialization. This article explains how to enable .NET Web APIs for ProtoBuffers.
To coincide with Google I/O today, productivity app Evernote has released version 2.0 of its Evernote for Android SDK. The new release is available now on GitHub.
This is the third post of a three-part series covering KPIs for APIs, based on John Musser's presentation at the BAPI Conference that took place this month in New York.
Evernote has now partnered with the African Technology Foundation (ATF) to host a Developer Engagement Event next month (July 8th). At the event, Evernote and the ATF will brief South African developers of the specific details of the competition.
Like big data — which businesses know they have to have, even if they aren't sure how to analyze it or what to do with it — the concept of reorienting a business toward becoming a "composable enterprise" is on every executive's to-do list. The central idea is that businesses need to break down their services, products and capabilities into discrete units so that external partners and customers can plug directly into the business experience they need.
Following an all night hack, a spirited game of 2 am laser tag, a voting finale in speed-geek format (think speed dating for hackers), and with the support and advice of over 15 developer evangelists from some of the leading API providers, the winners of ProgrammableWeb’s first APIcon hackathon were announced yesterday at APIcon. Winners included two security camera apps, an automated travel expenditure app for the connected car, and a machine language chat support client. Teams were given one main criteria (to use as many of the sponsored APIs as possible) and encouraged to unleash their creativity.
Evernote today launched the Evernote Platform Awards for 2014. The competition is aimed at encouraging developers to create new apps that incorporate the Evernote API.
APIs are creating opportunities for businesses to enter new markets, extend their customer reach, and create innovative products based on their data assets and core functionalities. As they progress along this path, businesses often start redefining themselves as a platform: They see themselves as allowing customers to couple with a business' data assets and services via an API in whatever configuration makes sense to the customer's value chain.
DeveloperWeek has started in San Francisco, promising to offer a wide range of activities during the week, including two days of packed conference sessions, coding workshops, tech start-up open days, and evening hiring mixers. To kick start the week of events, DeveloperWeek hosted a hackathon at the Rackspace offices in San Francisco's SoMa district.
Last week marked the end of Evernote Accelerator Program capped by the demo day on Thursday. The Accelerator is a month-long, fully paid residency program where six startup teams from around the world were given the opportunity to study an on-premise startup curriculum at Evernote's offices. The demo day acted as a capstone to the event, allowing the teams to show off the progress made on each of their products; each using the Evernote API. ProgrammableWeb caught up with Evernote's Director of Developer Relations Rafe Needleman for some insight into the product teams and their experiences in the Accelerator.
In designing its APIs, Evernote decided to take a path less-traveled involving Thrift; a technology that was contributed to the Apache Foundation by Facebook. Evernote's choice begs the question of whether Thrift and technologies like it could work for other API design projects as well.
Evernote has announced that they will begin limiting the Evernote API. GTA released an API that will help hotels be more efficient. Plus: 10 new APIs were added to the ProgrammableWeb directory.
Evernote reminders arrive on Mac, iOS, plus API. Valet protects against parking tickets. Plus: Google abandons open standards for instant messaging, Blinkx launches mobil video app, and 9 new APIs.
Developers now have access to Google Mirror API documentation and quick start guides. Win a resident internship at Evernote. Plus: RentPaidOnline announces its Partner API and 40 new APIs.
Evernote recently updated its SDKs for both iOS and Android. With both updates, Evernote hopes to simplify API integration and enhance app development around the Evernote platform. As Evernote reaches towards 20,000 developers on its platform, streamlined libraries and simplified code sets are critical for entry into new markets.
The Evernote API has solidified its position as an API billionaire, now handling about 6 billion API requests per month. At the same time, the company is growing both its user base and developer base, each of which is fueling the increased usage of its API.
As a developer, good ways to store those often-reused snippets of code that correctly solve a common problem is always useful. Now, there are other solutions to this problem, such as the Snipt API, which I covered previously, but Pastebin.com is the most often used, perhaps because it has beeb the favored place for notes from hacker group LulzSec. Pastebin has a nice, full-featured API, and is simple and free to use, at least at a basic level.
Popular cloud-stored notes app Evernote recently announced its first contest. Developers can use the Evernote API to build apps that help users remember and track anything using photos and text. The contest is serious, with big prizes: $50,000 to the winner, and $50,000 more in prizes up for grabs.