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APIs are some of the best ways to get access to data and to share files—large and small—back and forth between users. But are they the only option out there for businesses to utilize? Depending on what your company does—and what it needs its data for—there are other options instead of APIs.
The modern work environment is filled with an overwhelming number of tools and applications, but with no easy way for employees to connect and share their ideas with the rest of the company. Here we look at how APIs can help companies make it easier for coworkers to find content and collaborate.
After a year plus deprecation period and one extension to the official cutoff date, Dropbox has officially retired the Dropbox API v1. v2 has been live for quite some time and Dropbox has been promoting its consistency, simplicity, and scalability to entice developers to move to the new platform.
Dropbox has launched the DBX Platform, a suite of APIs and developer tools for building new capabilities on top of Dropbox. The company has also launched two new APIs; Metadata API and File Requests API. Both APIs are built on Dropbox API V2, the revamped API that replaces Dropbox API V1.
With consumers becoming more sensitive to the risks of providing their personal data online, security and quality of service have never been more important.
Steve Marx looks at the question of how many status codes an API should have. Following a pragmatic approach, he recommends a minimal number that still meets an audience’s needs.
Code for America Accelerator startup SeamlessDocs consumes APIs to help customers integrate their document workflow processes, but uses proprietary tech to convert PDFs to XML.
To ensure that businesses can efficiently find the documents they need when they need them, cloud storage and sharing service Box recently unveiled a new advanced search API which gives customers and partners the ability to build applications with robust search capabilities.
Dropbox last week announced that it has added webhooks functionality so that application developers can configure Dropbox to notify their apps whenever their app's registered users perform an action that results in a file change.
Dropbox has announced its first developer conference: DBX. On July 9th, Dropbox will host an invited group of developers and designers to San Francisco to share ideas with developer brethren and learn about what's coming from Drobox. Although attendees must be invited, tickets are $350 and those interested can request an invitation.
DBX, the first Developer conference from Dropbox to be held this year. Create your own data visualization applications via Veteran Affairs (VA) Backlog API. Plus: Rewards Program provider Billaway launches API and 12 new APIs.
Today in APIs: Dropbox Chooser Arrives in Apps, Google Helps Businesses Move Mail to the Cloud and 15 New APIs
Dropbox Chooser is already showing up in your favorite apps. Google launches groups migration to move businesses' shared mailboxes. Plus Facebook updates its Android SDK and adds a payment tool, Amazon EC2 adds support for FreeBSD, Debian and CentOS, and 15 new APIs.
As the world shifts to computing on the cloud , or what my non tech friends call, lots of servers connected to the internet, APIs become increasingly the lingua franca or working language to communicate to and fro from these clouds. Storage in the cloud has been of the earliest use cases and one which has increasingly made sense to create secure backups at a much cheaper rate.
A new company is using the DropBox API to improve private, controlled sharing. A new Flickr API app on iPad looks gorgeous. Plus: run your own Hacker News API, what's your favorite developer portal and 12 new APIs.
Earlier this month Podio added Google Docs support. Now the collaboration platform has added another line to its file upload dialog. As we pointed out earlier, there's plenty of room for further file integrations. There is also an opportunity for Podio to expand its Podio API to allow developers to do the work for them.
One developer suggests that the DropBox API should be the universal transport API. Open government in the United States takes another step with the Regulations.gov API. Plus: thoughts on interest graphs, RESTful voices and 18 new APIs.
Online file storage services have not just seen huge adoption, but providers of such services have been innovating constantly to attract more developers. Combine this with the fact that traditional enterprise software vendors are not fast enough to respond to the changing dynamics in enterprise software. All this makes for a good opportunity for one of the vendors to step in and pave the path to drive innovation. Box.Net is on mission to provide exactly that with its Box.net API. It hopes that its new developer community and $2 million integration fund will help.
The winners of the Thrutu enhanced phone call contest all focused on collaboration. The Thrutu API allows developers to create "buttons," applications that can run during a phone call and pass information between the callers. The winner also utilized the Dropbox API to create a file sharing button.
File Storage APIs have gone mainstream in the last year and developers are in a race to integrate the popular file storage options that are available to users on the internet. Dropbox has been one of the key players and, with the release of the Dropbox API aims to push the envelope by releasing not just support for newer features like sharing and search but also with the release of developer SDKs to maximize its reach across developers.