April 4, 2015
Single purpose API
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Everybody knows about SMS these days, and as it has become a regular part of daily life here in the United States, so too have simple, easy-to-use SMS APIs become available for developers to use. But few people know that MMS - Multimedia Message Service - is just as common and pervasive a part of the U.S. mobile ecosystem, and that MMS APIs are also available.
Bots are a handy way to automate simple tasks that you might typically do on your own, such as updating calendar appointments. In this tutorial on Full Stack Python, Matt Makai explains how to build your first chatbot using the Slack API and Python to begin returning simple messages.
Google intends to shut down the Google Hangouts API on April 25th. The change means developers will not be able to create new apps using the API, and any existing apps that rely on the API will effectively be left for dead on their feet. Why? So Google can further refine Hangouts for the enterprise.