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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?
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.
While it seems like hardly a month can go by without hearing about an attack on some IoT device - everything from NannyCams-Gone-Wild to rogue cable modem/routers - the state of IoT security doesn't seem to be improving. And why? Because, many thing-makers are just too laissez-faire about security.
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?
Sometimes, there's more API economy news than there's time to cover it. But you deserve to know, right? So, here's another installation of ProgrammableWeb's "Briefly, In other API Economy News" so you see some of that other stuff that comes our way, but that might not otherwise get covered.
Transparency Market Research has issued a prediction that the healthcare API market will reach $243 million by the year 2024. However, it also said the size of the same market was $162M in 2015 (after the first decade of the API economy) which means only 50% decade over decade growth.
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.
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.
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.
During MuleSoft's annual conference in San Francisco, the company announced the June 2017 "Crowd" release of its Anypoint Platform. The new version is designed to help organizations capitalize on the re-usability of developer assets like APIs by making them easier to promote, discover, and consume.
At F8 -- Facebook's annual developer conference -- the company's engineers announced a new version of React with a core designed to optimize the performance of applications that are written with the framework. The new core, React Fiber, is better at scheduling tasks based on what the user is doing.
At Facebook's annual F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg and other company execs announced an augmented reality platform that recognizes a lot of what's within view of a smartphone's camera. But can that technology be harnessed to deal with crimes like those being broadcast with Facebook Live?
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives took to the main stage at the company's F8 Developer Conference to share their plans for enabling Facebook's various platforms for a type of shared augmented reality that was clearly inspired by the way Pokemon Go leverages a smartphone's camera.
On April 20th in San Francisco at MuleSoft's Connect conference, ProgrammableWeb's David Berlind is hosting two separate sessions. One is a panel discussion talking about options to the REST API architectural style and when they're appropriate. The other session is on building developer community.
With well more than half of the Web's traffic now starting with a mobile device of some sort, Google is looking to keep the pressure on when it comes to improving the performance of mobile Web apps. So, now it's starting a certification program so developers can prove their proficiency to customers.
MuleSoft, known for its Anypoint Platform solution for managing APIs and managing integrations between everything from enterprise apps to the Internet of Things, went public on the New York Stock Exchange today. The company priced its stock at $17.00 and closed its first day of trading at $24.75.
Platforms as Services (PaaS) are garnering a lot of attention from developers and enterprises these days for a lot of reasons. Knowing that language flexibility is core to PaaS success, Google has the most popular languages covered in Google App Engine now that it has added support for .NET and PHP.
In what appears to be a continuation of a trend whereby API management solutions are paired with platforms capable of hosting business logic, Rogue Wave Software -- provider of the ZEND PHP platform -- has acquired Akana, Inc., provider of API management and SOA governance solutions.
Given how so many companies that orbit the API economy are constantly pitching ProgrammableWeb in hopes of getting their latest greatest news covered, we thought we'd write-up some guidelines so that everyone has an idea of how to best work with us. So here are the do's and dont's!
Taken together, API versioning and retirement constitute the last of the eight phases of API lifecycle management. They're also considered to be an art unto themselves. Taking that art to another level however could involve some new thinking that involves the idea of "microversioning."