February 10, 2015
Single purpose API
There’s no doubt that an application becomes exponentially more valuable as the number of data sources it connects to increases. The challenge is managing that process. While the rise of application programming interfaces that make it simpler to invoke another application has dramatically increased the usefulness of application software, trying to manually manage that process via a series of point-to-point connections winds up being overly cumbersome.
So, you're trying to share some files with someone who only has access to an old version of Word. Or maybe that Microsoft-hating friend of yours who only uses WordPerfect. Perhaps you want that old-school ebook to be an epub, rather than .lit. For any of these problems, there are desktop apps that work, of course. However, sometimes you want to be able to do that within a program. If so, Doxument and the beautiful Doxument API are what you need.
Moving to expand the reach of its API footprint in the cloud, IBM today announced the availability of an open beta for BlueMix. BlueMix is a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering that is based on the Cloud Foundry framework that IBM decided to support last year. IBM also announced the acquisition of Cloudant, a provider of a NoSQL database-as-a-service (DBaaS) platform.