The Latest News On The API Economy
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This article is part of a multi-part series where we discuss interesting APIs that were added to our directory during 2017. Business APIs are covered in this segment. The APIs were chosen by our researchers, by popularity according to website traffic, and by mentions on social media.
The Google Realtime API has been deprecated, and the API will be shut down in January 2019. The company provides other products such as Google Cloud SQL, Firebase Realtime Database, and Google Cloud Firestore which should meet developers application development requirements.
Box has introduced its upcoming new product Box Skills, a framework that makes it possible to take applications of machine learning to content stored within the Box platform. Box has also introduced the Box Skills Kit which is essentially an SDK that developers can use to build custom skills.
After a year plus deprecation period and one extension to the official cutoff date, Dropbox has officially retired the Dropbox API v1. v2 has been live for quite some time and Dropbox has been promoting its consistency, simplicity, and scalability to entice developers to move to the new platform.
Dropbox has launched the DBX Platform, a suite of APIs and developer tools for building new capabilities on top of Dropbox. The company has also launched two new APIs; Metadata API and File Requests API. Both APIs are built on Dropbox API V2, the revamped API that replaces Dropbox API V1.
Dropbox Paper, Dropbox's collaborative document product, now includes a document creation and editing endpoint within its API. Prior to the new endpoint, the Paper API was limited to document sharing and downloading. Now users can access Dropbox Paper's full functionality within 3rd party apps.
Filestack has announced that the Filestack v3 API has been extended to include access to Intelligent Ingestion, a new technology that ensures file uploads are successfully completed even under tough network conditions. The company also released updated SDKs for iOS, Android, Python, PHP, and Ruby.
Mozilla is experimenting with three new features for its Firefox browser through the Firefox Test Pilot Program. The three features; Send, Notes, and Voice Fill; enable encrypted file sharing with auto-deletion, a notepad within the browser's sidebar, and a Speech to Text engine.
Box has released Box Elements, a set of pre-built UI components developers can use to add elements of the main Box web application to web and mobile applications. The set includes four pre-built UI elements: Box Content Preview, Box Content Picker, Box Content Explorer, and Box Content Uploader.
Video sharing platform Vimeo plans on adding the tus resumable upload protocol to its API in late 2017. The addition of tus to the Vimeo API will allow developers to build applications that provide new ways to upload videos and allow users to upload videos to Vimeo in multiple sessions.
Today, Box released a number of developer tools that overhaul its developer experience for greater access and flexibility with the Box platform. An API Navigator, API explorer, and new crowd-sourced API docs provide developers with a suite of methods to access the Box platform with 3rd party apps.
Microsoft has joined the likes of Google and Mozilla with its release of the WebRTC 1.0 API. The release enables real-time audio, video, chat, and file sharing across platforms and browsers. With the first release, Microsoft is focused on delivering RTC functionality in existing, legacy websites.
Microsoft recently announced a number of API changes and updates to its Azure Storage Service. Specific API changes affect the Put Message API, Files API, and Table Storage APIs. Additionally, Microsoft introduced a new Incremental Copy Blob API for efficient copying and backup of blog snapshots.
Box has introduced the Box File Collaboration API, a new API that allows developers to manage access to files in applications. Developers can now control which users can access specific files. The API was created to support a recent update to the Box Notes collaborative note taking application.
Box has announced the general availability of the new Box View, an API service that allows Web and mobile applications to display nearly any file type without the need for a custom-built viewer. File types supported include text, image, presentation, 3D, video, and audio.
DropBox recently sat down with Gordon Wintrob over at getputpost.io to reveal how they built their APIs from primitive beginnings to handling over 500 billion calls a year. The Dropbox API lets you work with files, do full-text search and manage file and folder sharing.
Box introduced the "All New Box" throughout the week at its BoxWorks conference. The launch includes many developer focused features that pitch Box as a single place for all company content. Highlights to accomplish this goal include new APIs to access content and updated developer tools.
These days many projects rely on cloud based file-sharing tools. These solutions often sport a user friendly interface and offer a huge storage quota, but they are ‘free with limitations’. The lack of control and integration into existing infrastructures can drive organizations towards alternatives.
Twilio recently announced a developer preview for its new Twilio Sync offering. Twilio Sync maintains a single state synchronization infrastructure in the cloud that third party developers can utilize to introduce real-time synching and collaboration functionality into their apps.
Dropbox has officially deprecated the Dropbox API v1. While Dropbox encourages developers to transition to v2, and start all new builds with v2, v1 will remain available until June 28, 2017. However, all new features will be added solely to v2. The deprecation includes both Core and Business APIs.