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After eight years of serving as the Web's defacto journal of the API economy, we at ProgrammableWeb have decided to launch APIcon --- an API conference that will take place in San Francisco from May 27-29, 2014. Replete with workshops, conference sessions, a hackathon (with prizes), and even a rock concert, there'll be something in it for anybody with an interest in Internet APIs.
Join ProgrammableWeb editor-in-chief David Berlind in San Francisco where he will be chairing the API Strategies Track at next week's Apps World Conference at the Moscone Center. The agenda is packed with tons of prescriptive advice from some of the leading API practitioners and API management solution providers.
Do you know what it means to be "brogrammer?" Can you tell the difference between a real hackathon prize and a lame attempt to patronize developers? Meet Brandon Wirtz who recently participated at some hackathons and has some constructive feedback for the people who organize them.
A little more than one week has passed since Buffer's infrastructure was successfully hacked, resulting in a flood of unauthorized posts to Twitter and Facebook. Shortly after ProgrammableWeb's investigation of the hack revealed how more questions about the attack deserved to be answered, Buffer disclosed some of the answers on its blog. But more questions remained and Buffer's CTO Sunil Sadasivan has come forward to answer them in this ProgrammableWeb exclusive Q&A.
There's more than meets the eye to October's successful attack on Buffer. Due to the significant legal and financial risks alone, the incident involving identity theft should serve as a wake-up call to end-users, Web developers, and API providers that not enough is being done to secure the Web.
The social sharing application Buffer gets hacked. But it's the users of Twitter and Facebook that end up paying the price because of how Buffer automates posts to both networks. The incident could prove instructive to other services that offer public APIs.
ProgrammableWeb's editor-in-chief David Berlind is off to London next week to chair the API Strategies track of the Apps World Conference. But before he heads off, he does a little expectation-setting for the day's panel discussion and offers a few reasons (including an exclusive discount to ProgrammableWeb's readers why it makes sense to attend.
Code for DC is hosting a mini-hackathon for furloughed employees, civic hackers, and others to help work on local community projects.
Just because your favorite US Government Web site is reachable during the federal shutdown doesn't mean that the APIs that go with it aren't impacted. As ProgrammableWeb editor-in-chief discovers, there could be more to the government shutdown than meets the eye.
Developers with a penchant for green-energy powered APIs should probably take a look at GreenQloud's IaaS offerings that are API-compatible with Amazon's EC2 and S3 services. The Icelandic company's datacenters survive on nothing but 100 percent renewable energy.
In designing its APIs, Evernote decided to take a path less-traveled involving Thrift; a technology that was contributed to the Apache Foundation by Facebook. Evernote's choice begs the question of whether Thrift and technologies like it could work for other API design projects as well.
Today, eight years after the web Site was founded, ProgrammableWeb.com crossed an important threshold and recorded the 10,000th API into its directory. What started with a record of Yahoo!'s Flickr API has blossomed into a database whose growth can only accelerate over time.
Having acquired Vordel last Fall, Axway has now gotten around to integrating Vordel's original API Gateway functionality into its existing lineup while also adding some new features such as the ability to automatically scale when deployed on either Amazon (in the cloud) or VMware (on-premises).
Low power WiFi is emerging as the frontrunner when it comes to getting the Internet of Things connected. However, developers who are hoping to leverage IoT for the tipping point that it is should beware of the networking challenges that could sully the out of box experience for their wares.
Most people -- especially developers -- don't know or care about what Broadcom is. For decades however, some of the biggest brands in the industry (Apple, Samsung, Dell, etc.) have relied on the semiconductor maker to enable the computers and mobile devices they sell for network and GPS connectivity. If the company had a "Broadcom Inside" logo, you'd be shocked to learn how many devices could bear it.
It's strange how some things in life come full circle as though they were so meant to be, there couldn't possibly be another way. Back in 2005, when ProgrammableWeb founder John Musser caught wind of the tsunami of APIs that were about to make landfall on the Internet -- APIs like the ones for Google Maps and Flickr that debuted that year -- he not only recognized the tipping point that was upon us, he seized the day. He founded ProgrammableWeb as the first and only destination dedicated to the community of Web developers and the API providers in their service.