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RAISR, Google's proof-of-concept, neural-network-backed image sampler, represents a fundamental shift to the visual paradigm of the web. Though it's true impact is still a ways away, it marks the point where people in the front-end world should start to get very interested in machine learning.
When you are crafting the structure of your APIs, especially those to be exposed externally to the public, paths and responses should be free of anything extraneous. The time spent upfront engineering your paths and responses will end up paying dividends as your business and API evolve.
It was only a matter of time before the idea of a free VPN started to get traction. There's one from Opera for Opera users (that only works on browser traffic). Now, there's another from ProtonMail. How long will it be before Google offers one? And what database should you be spending time with?
The Open API Initiative has announced that the final release of the OpenAPI 3.0 Specification is tentatively scheduled for release the week of July 17. A two-week last chance period will begin on June 19 giving developers a final chance to try out OpenAPI 3.0 and propose changes to the spec.
At ProgrammableWeb we've been paying attention to the explosive growth and interest in serverless technologies (E.g. Amazon's Lambda, Google's Google Cloud Functions, and Microsot's Azure Functions). Even Twilio got into the game with its highly specialized serverless offering for Twilio developers.
Android 8 is making swift progress. Google this week made the final Android O APIs available to developers along with an updated SDK and fresh beta of the still-in-progress mobile operating system. Google hopes developers will use these finalized tools to update their apps for Android 8.
RepreZen has joined the Open API Initiative to collaborate toward a standardized way of describing REST APIs. The Open API Initiative falls under the open governance of the Linux Foundation. The consortium looks to collaborate on a standardized way of describing REST APIs.
Just when we thought the data model behind ProgrammableWeb's API directory was designed to capture all the different edge cases that API providers throw our way, along comes EffectiveSoft with two completely separate but identical endpoints for the same thing. So, why would an API provider do that?
Blockchain is the digital ledger system in which transactions made in Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded. This identity is changing and evolving quickly, and Blockchain may have found a calling as a security solution for API integrations. Can Blockchain help secure API integrations?
Twilio announced Twilio Functions and while there are other API providers who offer serverless function capabilities, Twilio appears to be the first major API provider that, in addition to providing APIs, is also offering a serverless execution environment that’s specific to consuming them.
Virtual reality and augmented reality each received plenty of attention on stage during Google's I/O developer conference this week. The company has new hardware on deck while it looks to ensure the two types of alternate content are available from within more apps both on and off the web.
Google's voice-based assistant took on new powers this week and increased its compatibility with hardware platforms -- including Apple's iPhone. With Assistant's growing user base and expanded skillset, Google thinks it's time for developers to add Assistant to their own hardware.
Google today opened up its Android Instant Apps tool to all developers, allowing any app writer to create and publish an instant app. The idea is to increase the likelihood that people will find your app and, based on a preview within the browser, elect to install it. Who doesn't want more installs?
Google today made the second developer preview of Android O available to developers. This second preview builds on the first version released in March and is stable enough for public beta testing. In addition to offering the new bits to developers, Google detailed Android O's many features.
Here at ProgrammableWeb, we spend lots of time studying the many ways API providers engage developers through their websites. It's one reason our API directory data model is constantly evolving. But some API providers make the explorability of their assets too difficult. For us, and for developers.
In this article Dave Gray looks at a few key API strategies for on-prem and SaaS software providers that, thoughtfully executed, will enable your API users to be creative, empower them to customize their own experience, and maybe even encourage them to engage and share their experiences with you.
GitHub has rebuilt its desktop Git app from the ground up and has released the new GitHub Desktop Beta. The company also released the GitHub package for Atom which allows users to perform common Git operations from within the editor such as stage whole files or individual lines, and create commits.
A pair of stories surfaced this week that serve as important reminders of how complicated, nuanced, and difficult API security really is. Even the biggest companies with the deepest pockets can't possibly be perfect when it comes to the security of their various API offerings and solutions.
The Web of Things working group, part of the W3C, has gathered many big players in the IoT space to standardize on semantic interoperability based on Linked Data and APIs. The goal is to describe things in a way that developers don't have to know the details or underlying communication patterns.
Seven months ago Lyft announced Envoy, an L7 proxy and communication bus. It acts as a "service mesh" substrate that provides common utilities such as service discovery, load balancing, and more to heterogeneous application architectures. Lyft describes what they've learned in the ensuing months.