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Louis Dorard spoke at APIcon UK about the business opportunities enabled by predictive APIs and how companies can best leverage these APIs.
The ProgrammableWeb directory has over 70 package tracking APIs to help educate developers on available shipment tracking options. The APIs contain various features such as package arrival verification, scanning services, price comparison, and more. Click here to learn about 7 of those APIs.
An interview with Mike Amundsen discussing his talk from APIStrat Amsterdam about how to deal with scalability issues related to the Internet of Things. Amundsen believes that the only way to achieve this is by looking at a different approach to programming altogether; a rules based approach.
Steven Willmott takes a look at the implications of the Oracle vs Google decision including the confusion that will result for developers and what can be done about it. The confusion stems from the lack of clarity over what exactly will be afforded copyright protection and if this ruling puts the API community on a slippery slope where copyright can be applied to smaller and smaller bits of an API's design.
Kevin McLaughlin provides a brief overview of the recent appeals victory for Oracle against Google. Included are reactions from both Google and Oracle. Oracle's position that the decision is a victory for the software industry and will fuel innovation stands in contrast to statements from parties such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Joe McKendrick considers the question of whether APIs should be allowed to be copyrighted in light of the decision that Oracle's Java APIs may now be granted copyright protection. This brings to light the question about whether affording developers protection for their work is worth the price of making it harder than ever for developers to use APIs when building innovative software.
Corynne McSherry offers insights on the Federal Circuit's ruling that Oracle's Java APIs are subject to copyright and that Google violated this copyright. With this decision, the idea that reuse of extension of APIs is key to competition and innovation comes under direct threat.