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ProgrammableWeb's Most Clicked, Shared and Talked About APIs of 2018: Application Development and Developer Tools
This segment of the past year's Most Clicked, Shared and Talked About APIs added to ProgrammableWeb covers the Application Development, DevOps, and Developer Tools areas. Tools and technology that helps make a developer's life easier, including APIs from Google, GitHub, and AWS, are included.
In recent years, API specification/description formats, most notably OpenAPI, have become more common and have helped standardize the once-murky definition of an API. This standardization allowed the creation of a broad ecosystem of tooling for auto-generated testing and documentation.
Microsoft is moving to an open source development strategy for its Edge web browser. Not only will further development rely on contributions from open source developers, Microsoft will start contributing to the core codebase that was created by Google, and continues to be the core of Google Chrome.
Microsoft Azure API Management allows developers to set up API facades between disparate applications and services. Microsoft is extending this offering through a Consumption tier aimed at supporting serverless environments. The Consumption tier is currently in preview.
Datadog has expanded its platform to include API and endpoint performance monitoring. The new service, Synthetics, sends simulated API requests to the monitored API and returns data to the administrator. The data gives an idea of what an API user witnesses when consuming a particular API.
ZeroBounce, provider of email verification services, has announced the addition of a new API for bulk email validation. The new API is designed for users with frequent email validation needs, that would prefer to automate the entire process.
Tisane Labs has introduced an API to detect and classify abusive text content. The AI-powered service identifies such speech across 27 languages. Not only can the service pinpoint specific words, it can classify the type of abusive content for labeling, moderation, and prevention.
Google's capabilities project looks to increase the interoperability of web and native apps. Typical local capabilities like file system access and idle detection are expected at the local level but don't translate well to the web. The Writable Files API is one aspect of the project.
GraphQL is moving to a vendor-neutral, open source foundation. The GraphQL Foundation will be hosted by Linux Foundation, and the project will be run under an open governance model. The transition from Facebook to the foundation is ongoing, but a preliminary list of founding members is ready.
Apollo is a premier name in GraphQL. The company has launched what it's calling its "flagship product." The Apollo GraphQL Platform serves as a marketplace of data and data services within organizations that leverage GraphQL. Apollo's tagline for the product says it all: "Do GraphQL right."
Stackery has expanded its serverless development toolkit through support of GraphQL. Now, developers can deploy AWS AppSync GraphQL APIs through Stackery. GraphQL resolvers can connect to backend data sources like DynamoDB tables, Lambda functions, and HTTP proxies. Check out the docs.
simPRO, a business management software provider focused on the trade service industries, has launched an API for integrating its services with third party applications. The API grants access to simPRO's entire suite of Enterprise and Service level features. The API will be available globally.
Chatbot systems have greatly evolved the customer service space with rapid, personalized responses that can save businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars. OnSched provides a complete Consumer, and Setup, REST API to build online booking right into your chatbot's responses and workflows
Google recently released a beta version of Chrome 70. In addition to updates to its Web Authentication API, Chrome 70 includes access to the Shape Detection API through a Chrome origin trial. The API allows faces, barcodes, and text to be detected within images found on the web.
Google has launched an API toolkit to combat child sexual abuse material (CSAM). The Content Safety API uses artificial intelligence to better screen and limit the spread of CSAM online. An API approach increases speed of review, identification, and stop of abusive material.
Arcentry, provider of cloud infrastructure diagrams, has opened up an API to its diagram building software. Now, cloud and open source diagrams are programmable from third party apps. Diagrams can be created, changed, and deleted in real-time through integrated apps.
Mavenlink has extended its API-first portfolio strategy with the introduction of M-Bridge Integration & Extensibility Platform. The Platform solves what Mavenlink calls the "hariball tech stack" problem by offering a centralized hub for disparate app integration and management.
Last year, Facebook announced that it would launch a set of business-centric tools around WhatsApp. The company has also long stated that it would eventually monetize its various messaging platforms. Facebook has taken a step towards both goals with the introduction of the WhatsApp Business API.
Chrome 68 is now a stable channel for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The latest Chrome 68 release includes new features and bug fixes. Earlier this year, Google announced its intention to provide a "Not secure" warning on HTTP sites. That warning has been implemented in Chrome 68.