The Latest News On The API Economy
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It’s no secret that the API business is big business. Over $500m was pumped into API-driven firms just last year and that number is only likely to rise. But how do companies make money from an API and how should you price API usage to get the best return?
Thread Genius recently launched with the goal of mapping the world's visual taste. Thread Genius believes that web recommendations based on text fall short of capturing consumers' true taste. Its computer vision technology captures taste on visual input. Its API opens the service to others.
Today in our API Testing Series we'll take a look at Postman. While Postman is now an API development suite for individual developers and teams, it got its start as a basic HTTP client for testing APIs. In this article we'll use Postman to create an API test suite running against the Trello API.
Microsoft continues to built out its cogitative services API portfolio with two more APIs now generally available. The Bing Custom Search API and v7 of the Bing Search API are both GA and ready for production use. The Customer Search API enables targeted searches, and v7 adds filtering.
This installment of the API Testing series will focus on using SmartBear's Ready API testing solution to test an API. With it you can do load testing, security testing, and service virtualization. If you follow these steps, you'll create an actual API test suite running against the Trello API.
Despite the fact that the costs associated with hacking and data breaches have arguably never been higher, recent API-related security incidents involving large companies, T-Mobile and Accenture, highlight the fact that basic API security best practices are still often not being adhered to.
The long awaited Airbnb API is officially here. While Airbnb has publicly announced its official API, the API is not completely open to the public. Those interested must apply from access. Public documentation is not currently available. The focus of the initial API launch is the supply side.
AWS and other cloud computing giants have been enjoying bumper profits in recent years, which means startups must be spending more on cloud computing. Cloud costs can jump if you don’t keep an eye on your budget. Casey Benko recommends investing in cloud cost analysis tools to keep costs down.
Cloud-based apps rely on an increasingly diverse set of underlying services, tied together through APIs - and hackers have taken notice. To resolve attacks and outages affecting APIs it is critical to understand and test the performance of the service delivery of application components.
Propeller Health has opened new access to its asthma conditions forecast technology. The Air API is open and free for users to integrate with third party apps and services. Propeller's predictive technology gathers weather and pollutant data to make asthma conditions forecasts for geo locations.
NovoPayment has launched its Developer Hub focused on fintech innovation in the Latin America market. While the entire developer site is currently in testing stages, NovoPayment has already included 37 APIs specifically targeting financial and payment services for the Latin America market.
Looking to help businesses unlock the potential of the IoT, Salesforce has launched IoT Explorer; a console that gives organizations a comprehensive view of the sensors, devices and other things that they have assembled into their Internet of Things. ProgrammableWeb's David Berlind gets a demo.
MessageBird has added a Voice API to its portfolio of cloud-based communications APIs. The Voice API adds calling features and functions to third party apps and services. Other APIs in its cloud-based communications portfolio include chat, SMS, MMS, voice messaging, and many more.
For a profession that stresses the importance of naming things well, we've done ourselves a disservice with microservices. The poor naming has led to misconceptions and misapplication of microservices by those hopping on the bandwagon, many times without deep understanding of its concepts.
Graphcool has extended its API via a new function: resolver. The resolver function extends the Grapcool API to 3rd party APIs and microservices. Graphcool pitches the function as one of its most powerful tools and expects it to simply integration with authentication services and third party APIs.
In order for APIs to deliver on a myriad of benefits and objectives, organizations must design them with scale in mind. However, the need to build high-performing APIs that scale with the business ecosystem is pressuring many development teams to build APIs that may be restricting business growth.
Oracle has expanded its Oracle Cloud Platform to include blockchain services. The Blockchain Cloud Service allows users to leverage Blockchain technology to share data and conduct transactions. Adding Blockchain services to third party apps is simple through Oracle APIs and SDKs.
As data has become more vital to core business functions, it's also become more decentralized. For developers facing integration challenges, using drivers for integration represents a logical step-up when seeking to simplify architectural complexity and build connected applications more quickly.
Handling API calls in the cloud with a service like AWS Lambda is one of the latest ways enterprises try to save on resources. In theory, you can save a ton of money. But be careful. Costs for API calls can mount up, sometimes leaving you with a cloud computing bill ten times the size you expected.
Whether you're leading your decades-old organization through a digital transformation or you're a developer plotting out your career path, you'd better get to know and understand the new breed of developer. She or he is not just a software engineer, s/he's a businessperson too (includes a podcast)