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Serverless frameworks, despite their name, are not really serverless. Of course, there are servers somewhere handling requests but you don’t have to worry about them. You just post a snippet of code and your hosting service takes care of the rest. But who could benefit from these frameworks?
Many of Intuit’s APIs have been going a couple of years but their success has turned heads. Mark Boyd over at Vision Mobile sat down with Intuit’s Ketan Kittur, director of project management and partnership integrations, to understand how the company makes sure its third party devs are successful.
It’s no secret that adopting APIs is good for business. But players in some of the largest traditional industries, specifically energy, logistics, packaging and banking, have been slow to catch on. Mark Boyd over at Network World explains how they lag behind the rest and why it matters.
Opening up their platforms to let developers build an ecosystem on top of it has been a key to success for top tech firms from Apple to Facebook. But they’re not alone. TomTom Telematics opened up its Webfleet platform to devs a few years ago and now has over 45,000 devs using its APIs.
Two years ago, there was a growing chorus of voices expressing concern about private API keys finding their way into the public domain thanks in part to careless pushing of code to services like GitHub. Now this problem has spread to mobile apps. The guys over at Hackernoon explain.
Until recently networking engineers hardly needed to know what API stood for, let alone how to use one. That’s all changing now as API growth picks up critical mass, which risks leaving established networking device players flat-footed, argues Teren Bryson over at TechTarget.
Snapchat recently opened up its long-awaited API to creative agencies and ad tech companies. Top players in the ad industry are already jumping on the bandwagon and these early birds are getting plenty of attention, writes Lauren Johnson over at Adweek.
The hot new thing in the mobile world is Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) and it’s possible they might spell the end for the humble native mobile app. Google has just effectively green-lighted PWAs to be the future of Android. Mobile expert Henrik Joreteg over at his blog explains.
SDKs often accelerate development by providing access to third party tech that can help add new features, understand app performance, and monetize your efforts. Jason Lew, CTO at Mighty Signal, looks at which SDKs are the most used in some key categories, so you can decide which to use.
APIs are often prone to failure. That’s no surprise. But if your app is dependent on an API that goes down like there’s no tomorrow, what do you do? Thomas Roca, a stats researcher at the French Development Agency explains how he overcame the API developer’s dilemma.
In recent history we have seen tech giants put out speech recognition APIs, allowing developers to integrate speech-to-text technology into their applications. Developer Daniel Janus puts three of the popular contenders through their paces over at Rebased.
The dramatic growth of the API economy has lowered the barrier of entry for many companies but building an API-first company still presents a number of potential pitfalls. This article offers lessons learned from building an API startup. Kairos bills themselves as a human analytics platform for
Like many dev teams these days, the team at Buffer is working toward building a more service-oriented architecture. As part of this, the team has built a special service to keep track of how many times links have been embedded in Buffer posts.
Microservices can offer many benefits to businesses, but the architectural approach is not right for every scenario. In this post from the Basho blog, Sean Kelly discusses five microservices myths that may be leading many eager companies down the wrong path and reducing efficiency.
Microservices allow teams to work at different paces on different parts of a software system. Working with microservices comes with large challenges that are too often not well appreciated. One of the greatest challenges, which developers too often underestimate, is working with data.
Developers commonly generate unique API keys for clients. But how long does an API key need to be to make the chances of a collision smaller than the chance that your computer might be struck by lightning? Fewer than you’d think, argues Sam Corcos, co-founder of SightMaps over at LearnPhoenix.io.
Companies often worry about UX when designing a new app or product. In contrast, developers often do not worry enough about DX when building APIs. This is a mistake if you want to attract developers to your API. Taija Bjorklund covers four attributes you need to get right to provide a good DX.
Health IT standards and health APIs are going to change how patients access their data, according to HealthITInteroperability. A recent demonstration at the Regenstrief Institute showed how patient data can be aggregated and merged from disparate data sources according to the new FHIR standard.
Emburse specializes in offering prepaid cards to help clients keep track of employee spending. After a year of being in business, the company took a left turn and decided to focus on building out an API to let devs integrate their card-generation capabilities into their own platforms.
Location-based social media analytics company GeoFeedia attempted to abuse the public data streams it receives from other social media platforms by monitoring the public, according to documents revealed by the ACLU. This article on Techdirt discusses the issue, and how the major platforms responded.